Teen killed in fall from slide at Mt. Olympus in Wis. Dells was 16-year-old visiting from Florida

Posted at 4:22 PM, Dec 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-22 21:37:39-05

LAKE DELTON -- The teen who was killed in a fall from a water slide at Mt. Olympus in Wisconsin Dells Wednesday night was visiting from Florida, police say.

The 16-year-old was with two others when investigators say they trespassed into a fenced-off area.

A snow-covered Mt. Olympus theme park was supposed to be a dream vacation for the teenager and his family.

“The family was visiting from Florida, never been to the snow. So they came up to have that experience,” said Lake Delton Police Chief Daniel Hardman.

The experience turned into a nightmare when Hardman says the teen, his brother, and a friend scaled a locked seven-foot fence, and climbed to the top of the slide with their sleds.

“Two of the three realized this is really dangerous and said to the one brother ‘don't do it,'” said Hardman.

But the teen still decided to go down the partially snow-covered slide.

“He made it through the first drop and got stuck in the snow,” said Hardman.

Hardman says when the boy tried to wiggle free, he fell. His brother and friend watched from just feet away.

“I think they were still processing the tragedy,” said Hardman.

“It’s a tragedy the police chief believes could have been prevented, if only the boys would have stayed away from the restricted area.

At this time, the resort is not commenting about what happened, only saying their thoughts and prayers are with the boy’s family.

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