The ladies in the identical raft as a 10-year-old killed on a waterslide have mentioned they hope an investigation will stop related tragedies.
Caleb Schwab suffered a fatal neck injury at the Schlitterbahn water park in Kansas on 7 August.
The son of Kansas Republican politician Scott Schwab had been on the 168ft-tall Verruckt, the place riders are strapped right into a raft and journey at speeds of as much as 65mph.
Sisters Hannah Barnes, 32, and Matraca Baetz, 25, had been the opposite two passengers within the raft and suffered severe facial accidents.
They launched a press release via their lawyer, saying: “We’re pursuing a radical investigation of this tragic occasion to make sure that any and all measures are taken to forestall this from ever occurring once more.
“Being moms ourselves, we are able to solely hope that Caleb’s household can discover some consolation in understanding we’re doing all the things we all know do to cease one thing so tragic occurring once more to every other household.”
The KWCH information web site quoted a Kansas Metropolis Police Division report saying that the three riders needed to have a mixed weight of between 400 and 550lbs, with no single rider weighing over 300 kilos.
The 2 ladies had been 275lbs and 197lbs, whereas Caleb was 73lbs, including as much as 545lbs – slightly below the higher restrict.
In the meantime, Mr Schwab thanked the general public for his or her assist since Caleb’s demise.
He mentioned: “‘Thank You’ appears so insufficient to specific our appreciation, however it’s the solely phrase we have now.
“So, from the depths of our hearts, we thanks.
“Whereas we attempt to step ahead into the brand new regular life with out Caleb in our presence, we discover hope with the present investigation into the incident to offer solutions and assurances that such a tragedy wouldn’t strike once more.”
In an earlier assertion, officers on the water park mentioned they had been “deeply and intensely saddened for the Schwab household and all who had been impacted by the tragic accident”.
The trip is anticipated to stay closed for the remainder of the yr whereas Caleb’s demise is investigated.