TRAIN DRIVER SAVES SUICIDAL MAN’S LIFE
Goodbye messages were found on phone
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.”