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Schlitterbahn slide shut down following May audit to remain closed

Posted at 4:21 PM, Jun 27, 2018

KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- A slide that was shut down at Schlitterbahn following a state audit will not reopen this summer.

Whirlwind, a 60-foot tube slide, may have taken thrill seekers on their last ride.

While the attraction remained on Schlitterbahn's website as of Tuesday afternoon, Winter Prosapio, spokesperson for Schlitterbahn confirmed to 41 Action News that Whirlwind will be closed for the rest of the season.

Prosapio said the indefinite closure of the slide has nothing to do with the scathing audit that was released in May.

State inspectors found several violations at the park that required immediate action on 11 rides.

Those rides were all shut down pending correction of the violations.

Seven of them have since reopened.

Whirlwind had 13 violations, one of which stated, "Proper water flow could not be verified," due to a missing manufacturer's manual.

In 2016, Caleb Schwab, 10, died on the Verruckt water slide when the raft he was riding in went airborne. 

Schlitterbahn's Wolfpack, Boogie Bahn, and Soaring Eagle ZipLine have yet to reopen as part of the closures, though Prosapio said the park is in the last process of getting those rides up and running.