Teenagers hailed heroes after 'dragging suicidal man from train tracks'

Two teenagers have been hailed as heroes after they dragged a suicidal man from a train track in Yorkshire.

Freddie Corbett and Harley Hollingworth sprang into action when they spotted a distressed man at Bolton upon Dearne train station in South Yorkshire.

The friends, who are both 15, were waiting for a train when they saw that a man had jumped onto the track and that a train was coming. They ran to help, dragged him to safety and then talked to him until help arrived.

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Freddie and Harley's parents said they were 'super proud' of what they had done. Gary Robinson of Network Rail shared his own thanks and said the lads had saved the man's life.

In a post on social media, Gary said: "Called out tonight to a male with intent to self harm on the railway…these two lads were his angels. Dragged him off the railway… sat with him talking till I got there and make no mistakes saved his life!

"Kids get a bad press but with humanity like those lads shown tonight we are in safe hands! These two lads are a credit to their parents and I can’t speak highly enough about them. If you see them buy them a J20 (not old enough for pints yet)."

Gary urged anyone feeling down to call Samaritans on 116 123. Freddie's dad, Billy, of Goldthorpe, said he was 'super proud' of the boys. He said the man had jumped onto the tracks as a train was approaching.

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"My son and his friend jumped onto track and pulled him off the track and pinned him down. The train did stop, the police were called and then my son and Harley sat and talked to the man until they arrived."

Billy added: "I am super proud of my boy and his friend and believe this type of story should go public for recognition and to add positivity into our local area."

Billy said the Dearne Valley had a lot of 'bad press' due to nuisance youths and so it was important to share positive news about the actions of young people.

Freddie's mum, Jill, added: "It’s about time we had some good news and good press about our kids! We are so proud, and I’m so grateful that others are seeing what we’ve known for a long time."

Harley's dad Dale praised the boys' actions, saying they had shown bravery and quick thinking.