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Empty hangars at RAF base transformed into a temporary mortuary

Disturbing pictures show empty hangars at a former RAF base transformed into a temporary mortuary for 1,200 of UK’s coronavirus dead

  • Two hangers at former RAF base in Oxfordshire, to become temporary mortuary
  • Each could hold the corpses of up to 600 coronavirus victims each, if needed
  • The airbase was home to the Bomber Command during the Second World War 

Two aircraft hangers at a former RAF base in Oxfordshire have been converted into an expansive mortuary, amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The airbase in Upper Heyford, Oxfordshire, was home to the Bomber Command during the Second World War but closed in 1993 – it is now to become one of several temporary mortuaries for the bodies of coronavirus victims. 

Currently empty, the hangers, which could hold up to 600 corpses each, will only be used if regular systems are unable to cope with the number of dead.     

Two aircraft hangers at a former RAF base in Oxfordshire have been converted into an expansive mortuary, amid the coronavirus pandemic

Work is also ready to start on two further hangars and five more are on standby if the death toll spirals – bringing the total capacity to 5,400.

The racking includes smaller shelves to accommodate the bodies of children, according to a worker.

Oxfordshire County Council has confirmed that a temporary mortuary is being set up at the former RAF base to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic.

The worker, who asked to remain anonymous, said: ‘Two hangars have been done already and two more are on the way, with 600 bodies per hangar.

Chilling images and footage shows shelves ready to hold bodies of adult and CHILD coronavirus victims in a temporary morgue erected at a military base

‘It is for storage for bodies infected with coronavirus and they’ll be in body bags and laid on the shelves.

‘It is strange working there, everyone is keeping their distance and wearing masks.

‘It’s a little bit odd, you can either laugh or cry, but you’ve just got to do your work.

‘What’s strange is there are different size shelves for children and adults. It can be a little bit crazy.

‘The work initially started last Friday and it finished yesterday.

Currently empty, the hangers, which could hold up to 600 corpses each, will only be used if regular systems are unable to cope with the number of dead

A worker said: ‘It is for storage for bodies infected with coronavirus and they’ll be in body bags and laid on the shelves

‘As of Monday they can start putting bodies in.

‘Undertakers and NHS staff are refusing to touch the bodies so they have got the military in, who’ll be taking the bodies in rental vans.

‘There are quite a few rows of Enterprise rental vans there.

‘I think there are about 10 scaffolders, a few carpenters and three or four electricians.

‘There are another two hangars and they are going to wait and see if the numbers keep growing.

‘They are cleared and ready to go. There are another five which can be got ready if needs be. They’d each hold 600 bodies.’ 

The county of Oxfordshire has 356 confirmed cases of coronavirus, with 33 deaths as of Friday

Oxfordshire County Council said in a statement: ‘In common with all other areas of the country there are longstanding contingency plans to provide extra mortuary space during emergency situations.

‘Partners from organisations including the NHS, registration services, coroner’s office and local authorities have been meeting regularly to consider requirements that may be placed upon Oxfordshire during the Coronavirus outbreak.

‘This has led to a temporary facility being prepared at the former RAF base at Heyford Park, which will be used if required.’  


Oxfordshire County Council confirmed that a temporary mortuary is being set up at the RAF base to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic

Air conditioning units installed in the hanger. A worker on the site at RAF Upper Heyford said two hangars were converted in a week to hold 600 corpses each

Sites for the temporary structures have been placed far away from residential areas to distance the public from potentially disturbing scenes.     

The county of Oxfordshire has 356 confirmed cases of coronavirus, with 33 deaths as of Friday.

Elsewhere in South Essex an aerial picture of what is London’s third temporary mortuary shows refrigeration units are already in place. 

Work’s ready to start on two further hangars if the death toll rises, with five more on standby to bring total capacity to 5,400

The mortuary, built in the car park of South Essex Crematorium in Upminster, in the London Brough of Havering, is the length of a football pitch. 

South Essex Crematorium said in a statement: ‘In line with our major incident emergency plans a temporary mortuary is being built at South Essex Crematorium on behalf of the London borough councils and as part of the London-wide response to coronavirus.

‘This is being done as a sensible precaution and similar arrangements are made during any London-wide response to incidents.’

Another mortuary, built in the car park of South Essex Crematorium in Upminster, in the London Brough of Havering, is the length of a football pitch

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Esty From ‘Unorthodox’ Is Based On A Real Woman, But The Show Made A Few Changes

In Netflix’s new four-part mini-series, Unorthodox, Esty Shapiro makes the radical decision to abandon her husband and the only home she’s ever known. The show is based on the 2012 memoir of author Deborah Feldman, who fled her Brooklyn-based Hassidic Jewish community when she was 23. However, the Netflix series makes a few changes.

Feldman was raised in Williamsburg’s Satmar community by her grandparents (her father was mentally ill, and her mother previously left the religious sect). When she was 17, she was set up in an arranged marriage; by 20, she’d had a son. But as Feldman told The New York Post, she was always rebellious of her strict upbringing: she read prohibited books like Little Women and Anne of Greene Gables, and stopped shaving her head a year into marriage, unlike what was customary. After she started taking classes at Sarah Lawrence College and got into a bad car accident, she decided to take her son and leave for good.

Unorthodox‘s Esty comes from the same orthodox community as Feldman, and is also set up in an arranged marriage. But she and her husband Yanky don’t have a child together. And rather than having dreams of becoming a writer, Esty is a promising piano player.

The biggest difference between Feldman’s life and the show is that when Esty leaves the Satmar community, she immediately moves to Berlin. Her mother lives in Germany, but she chooses not to reconnect with her after seeing that she lives with a woman. Her husband and his cousin also dramatically attempt to find her and bring her back to Williamsburg. In reality, Feldman temporarily lived with her mother (who identifies as a lesbian) in Brooklyn before settling in Manhattan’s Upper East Side with her son. It wasn’t until 2014 — two years after she published Unorthodox — that Feldman moved to Berlin.

Feldman told The New York Times that despite some initially distressing moments, like her visit to the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, she was drawn to Germany’s efforts to acknowledge the Holocaust, and how open the country was to refugees. This is reflected in Esty’s experience. "We brought Esty to Berlin to be able to talk about what it would be like for a Satmar Jew to flee to the country of the Holocaust’s origin, and to reflect on how Berlin is built on trauma and how history creeps through everything there," Karolinski told The Times of Israel.

Feldman, for her part, is thrilled to be able to see her story recreated onscreen. "People like me, we never saw ourselves being reflected back in the stories being told in popular culture, so we didn’t really know how to create our own stories," she told The Jewish Chronicle. And even though not everyone will be able to relate to growing up in a repressive community, Feldman believes that "the essence of what’s happening, that’s universally understood."

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BASE jumper's chute FAILS after throwing himself off a Swiss ravine

BASE jumper’s parachute FAILS after throwing himself off a Swiss ravine but he miraculously survives after landing in a shallow river

  • The unidentified thrill-seeker leapt into a 300ft deep ravine in Switzerland 
  • He said online the canopy opened the wrong way and he got twisted under it
  • As he tried to free himself he crashed into the side of the cliff and fell further in 

This is the terrifying moment a base jumper’s parachute failed after he threw himself from a Swiss ravine. 

After surviving the plummet of almost 300ft by landing in a shallow river, the unnamed Swiss thrill-seeker shared his experience online.  

‘Did a base jump, where the canopy opened facing the cliff and I got twisted under the canopy on opening,’ he wrote.  

‘Had no time to react, hit the cliff and made my way down along the cliff for about 80-90 [262ft-295ft] meters and came to rest in a shallow river. 

‘Did not break any bones, got away with contusions and bruises.’  

Pictured: The unidentified man’s vertigo-inducing view of the 300ft deep ravine in Switzerland before he plummets into it

Pictured: Before the man plunges downwards, he counts back from three and leaps into the Swiss ravine 

The footage starts with the man looking over the edge of the cliff into the hollow ravine, before he counts backwards from three in Swiss.  

He glides down into the ravine, gracefully at first, but it isn’t long until his leads jolt him back towards the precipice of his dive. 

The shot then fills with cables as the adrenaline-junkie twists and turns, trying to correct the failed chute. 

The jumper lets out a series of grunts as his body smashes into the wall of the cliff, unable to find somewhere to stop or get a footing.  

After his canopy becomes tangled, the thrill seeker can be heard starting to panic and letting out gasps of pain as he crashes into the side of the cliff 

The base jumper runs a gauntlet of brambles, rocks and hard dirt as the failed chute leads him down the 300ft ravine in Switzerland 

At one point towards the end of his plummet, the man’s legs can be seen twisting from his body, but he survived the incident with just bruises and contusions

The camera, by this point, is looking down on his face mask from above, as every groan of pain rings out with every smash into the cliff.   

At one point, it looks as though the chute has taken him to a place where he can regather himself, but he is then swept away as the wind catches the canopy. 

He is then drawn through a gauntlet of rubble, brambles and harsh dirt, before being taken airborne again.   

Before landing on the bank of the river, the thrill-seeker’s torso twists away from his legs. 

Once in the river, the traumatic somersaults are over.   

Pictured: Once in the water, the traumatic somersaults are over, and miraculously, he survived without any broken bones 

 

 

 

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