The death of a 10-year-old boy while enjoying his family in a water park shocked thousands of people, what happened and how we can prevent these tragedies.
The tragic death of a 10-year-old boy while enjoying his family in a water park shocked thousands of people, after the police report explained the cause of his death.
The “fatal wound to his neck,” as the police report refers to, was what caused Caleb Schwab, 10, the son of a Kansas politician, to lose his life while descending a waterslide in Verrückt Park.
The slide he descended on is considered the highest on Earth, with a drop of 52 meters. Caleb would have descended accompanied by two other women who had no relationship with the child and who suffered minor damage to their faces.
The police report that is available so far does not shed much light on the details of his death, but specifies that the fatal fracture would have occurred at the end of the ride on the slide.
Esteban Casteneda, was a witness to the tragic accident, and according to the ABC chain, he would have said that the child seemed to have been beheaded in the fall. The boy was found at the bottom of the pool at the end of the great fall.
Castaneda also added that he had seen Caleb on the slide earlier in the day, and had apparently experienced problems with the buckle of the vest or harness that held him up. The park was closed for a few days after the tragedy and for investigations to take place.
The news has spread around the world and has caused a lot of sadness that has been shared through social networks.
What precautions should we take as parents when we go to places that may present dangers to our children?
According to Safe Wise, it is important that when taking your children to water parks, it is important that you take into account the following precautions:
Make sure you and your family are dressed appropriately for the weather and location. Too little or too much clothing, too big or too tight, can make the difference between a good and a bad experience.
Wear sunscreen. Regardless of the coloration of your skin, your age or gender, if you are going to be in a place exposed to the sun, you should use social protection.
Keep everyone hydrated.
Whatever happens, don’t stop paying attention to where your children are, even if they are no longer babies. These places have many security measures to protect everyone, but no one knows your children more than you. Do not lose sight of them; What for another child may not be a danger, for yours, it may be.
Make sure they use a life preserver in places where they are recommended and make sure it’s working properly.
Accompany them to the attractions that may be more risky than others and make sure that the seat belts or whatever safety method you are using works properly.
Familiarize yourself with the rules of the place and do not let them use rides or attractions that are not recommended for their age or height.
If you can’t swim, go with someone who can, and consider learning.
Keep the little ones out of deep water.
If they are afraid to do something, it is good that you encourage them, but do not force them.