TRAIN DRIVER SAVES SUI­CI­DAL MAN’S LIFE

Good­bye mes­sages were found on phone

Daily Record - - NEWS - BLAIR MEIKLE re­porters@dai­lyrecord.co.uk

A TRAIN driver saved the life of a sui­ci­dal young­ster by check­ing his mo­bile and find­ing “good­bye” texts to loved ones.

Adrian Bayne ap­proached the dis­tressed young­ster at Ed­in­burgh Waver­ley af­ter spot­ting signs that he might want to take his own life.

The 43-year-old, who had just fin­ished work, per­suaded him to hand over his mo­bile so he could call his fam­ily – and found the farewell mes­sages.

Adrian, from Pre­ston­pans, East Loth­ian, alerted po­lice and the boy’s fam­ily. The Virgin Trains driver had taken a Sa­mar­i­tans in­ter­ven­tion train­ing course af­ter one of his friends took his own life three years pre­vi­ously.

The in­ci­dent, which hap­pened in the sum­mer, earned him a place among fi­nal­ists for the Sa­mar­i­tans Life Saver Award at the Rail­staff Awards in Coven­try last week.

Adrian said: “The guy was sit­ting in an area of the sta­tion that peo­ple nor­mally wouldn’t be sit­ting, in a dis­tressed man­ner, with his phone in his hand.

“He said his mum was sup­posed to be pick­ing him up in Ber­wick, but he was in Ed­in­burgh at 10.40pm. At that time of night, there’s al­ways drunk peo­ple and it’s about telling the dif­fer­ence between the drunks and peo­ple in trou­ble, and this guy was ob­vi­ously in trou­ble.”

Adrian of­fered to phone his mother and saw mes­sages from peo­ple con­cerned about him.

He added: “The mes­sages he had sent were say­ing good­bye to them. I phoned Bri­tish Trans­port Po­lice and they sat with him for 20 min­utes. Part of the train­ing is that once you’ve passed them on to the po­lice you dis­tance your­self. I phoned his mum and she was in tears but I told her he was safe.”

Adrian wants to pro­mote the im­por­tance of sui­cide aware­ness be­cause of the rel­e­vance for train driv­ers.

He is en­cour­ag­ing other rail work­ers to take up train­ing so they can be in a po­si­tion to in­ter­vene.

He said: “I don’t think there’s enough un­der­stand­ing of the ef­fect of sui­cides on train driv­ers.

“As well as the Sa­mar­i­tans train­ing which I did af­ter my friend died, I’m also a men­tal health cham­pion at work.”

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