Chilling Emergency Call Released From Wedding Hall Disaster

June 23, 2015  

The chilling recordings of the emergency call made after a chandelier fell lethally on Monday night at an event hall in Yavneh during a wedding have been released Tuesday.

Just seconds after the massive lighting fixture fell during the wedding of Mor Levi and Karin Hayon, one of the attendants contacted the Magen David Adom (MDA) hotline and requested urgent help.

When asked if everyone was conscious and responding, the caller said, “I don’t know…I don’t know…I think there’s…I think there’s even someone dead here…I don’t know what’s happening here. Bring as many ambulances as possible!”

“Listen!,” responded the call center respondent. “Can you please tell me how many people there are conscious and how many aren’t? Ambulances are on their way to you. It’s okay.”

The distraught witness to the disaster answered, “there are around five (people) minimum who are unconscious.”

Aviva Hayon, 54, from Moshav Ezer in the south was killed in the incident, and there are accusations that the hall had operated without a permit.

Hayon was buried on Tuesday at the Moshav Emunim cemetery, located near Ashdod.

Another 21 people were wounded in the chandelier collapse, including a man in his thirties who was listed as suffering moderate wounds to his head; the other 20 were lightly wounded.

Four victims of the incident are still hospitalized at the Kaplan, Beilinson and Assaf Harofeh Hospitals.

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