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Woman dramatically rescued from railway tracks by two strangers

The Argus: Woman dramatically rescued from railway tracks by two strangers at Worthing crossing Woman dramatically rescued from railway tracks by two strangers at Worthing crossing

A woman was reportedly saved from death when two strangers pulled her from the tracks at a railway crossing.

It is not clear what the woman was doing on the tracks, but eyewitnesses say she had laid down in the middle of the crossing.

The incident happened yesterday evening in Worthing.


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One of the rescuers was Ashley Noakes, 16, from Worthing. He told The Argus: "I was walking to town after school to buy some jeans and the barriers went down, we were waiting about two minutes when the lady started climbing over.

"I went over and asked her what she was doing and told her to come back, she ignored me and went and laid down on the tracks.

"I called the police as the second man went and brought her over and we both restrained her. She was crying and no one really said much. The police turned up and took her from us. 

"From what I saw it was only me and him that helped which was a shame, but at least we saved her life."

Mr Noakes, a junior firefighter, said he heard the woman tell police she had been staying at the Meadowfield mental unit in Arundel Road, Worthing.

Sussex Police said officers attended the incident at around 4pm.

The second man involved in the rescue did not want to be named or featured in the press.

Return to theargus.co.uk tomorrow for further details and see the full report, with pictures, in Saturday's Argus.

If you saw what happened or know the people involved, e-mail ben.leo@theargus.co.uk or call 01273 544 525.

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10:01pm Thu 3 Apr 14

FatherTed11 says...

Good work Noakes
Good work Noakes FatherTed11
  • Score: 45

10:31pm Thu 3 Apr 14

crazychick77 says...

Yeah well done lads xxx there is a pic on facebook showing 1 of them holding the lady
Yeah well done lads xxx there is a pic on facebook showing 1 of them holding the lady crazychick77
  • Score: 26

7:42am Fri 4 Apr 14

cherish45 says...

Well done to the 2 men who did save this lady . But was it really necessary to plaster all over a network site the pictures off the poor woman & man involved . Then to become the topic off conversation . Lets hope the womans family & friends didnt read about it first on the network site .
Well done to the 2 men who did save this lady . But was it really necessary to plaster all over a network site the pictures off the poor woman & man involved . Then to become the topic off conversation . Lets hope the womans family & friends didnt read about it first on the network site . cherish45
  • Score: 31

8:46am Fri 4 Apr 14

Juleyanne says...

Another suicide attempt, another sign something is amiss with mental health funding and care in this country.
Another suicide attempt, another sign something is amiss with mental health funding and care in this country. Juleyanne
  • Score: 32

8:49am Fri 4 Apr 14

Juleyanne says...

Another suicide attempt, another example of why much more needs to be done with regard to mental health funding and care in this country!
Another suicide attempt, another example of why much more needs to be done with regard to mental health funding and care in this country! Juleyanne
  • Score: 12

9:21am Fri 4 Apr 14

whatone says...

Well done. Not only did you save this woman, but you saved a train driver a horrific experience!

And to the Argus hacks - since when did the line through Worthing have overhead lines!
Well done. Not only did you save this woman, but you saved a train driver a horrific experience! And to the Argus hacks - since when did the line through Worthing have overhead lines! whatone
  • Score: 25

9:46am Fri 4 Apr 14

Withdean-er says...

Well done to the caring and selfless people who helped her.

But waiting for an inevitable h&s jobsworth to comment that the 2 samaritans "were foolish not only for themselves but endangering the lives of others zzzzzzzz".
Well done to the caring and selfless people who helped her. But waiting for an inevitable h&s jobsworth to comment that the 2 samaritans "were foolish not only for themselves but endangering the lives of others zzzzzzzz". Withdean-er
  • Score: 5

10:14am Fri 4 Apr 14

Worthing High School says...

Worthing High School is very proud of Ashley, one of our Year 11 students, for his fast thinking and actions to help the situation.
Worthing High School is very proud of Ashley, one of our Year 11 students, for his fast thinking and actions to help the situation. Worthing High School
  • Score: 38

10:32am Fri 4 Apr 14

clubrob6 says...

Worthing High School wrote:
Worthing High School is very proud of Ashley, one of our Year 11 students, for his fast thinking and actions to help the situation.
Totally agree you should be proud of him he should be praised for taking action.
[quote][p][bold]Worthing High School[/bold] wrote: Worthing High School is very proud of Ashley, one of our Year 11 students, for his fast thinking and actions to help the situation.[/p][/quote]Totally agree you should be proud of him he should be praised for taking action. clubrob6
  • Score: 34

10:37am Fri 4 Apr 14

tooned_in says...

Mental Health can make your life a daily chore just to make it through the day, this is really sad that this lady is obviously currently struggling with life.
Brave guys to risk their lives to save another done without thought for their own safety, couple of modern day heros I reckon!!!!
mega
Mental Health can make your life a daily chore just to make it through the day, this is really sad that this lady is obviously currently struggling with life. Brave guys to risk their lives to save another done without thought for their own safety, couple of modern day heros I reckon!!!! mega tooned_in
  • Score: 16

12:18pm Fri 4 Apr 14

utternonsense says...

Well done guy's ! Hope the lady gets the help she needs .
Well done guy's ! Hope the lady gets the help she needs . utternonsense
  • Score: 15

12:50pm Fri 4 Apr 14

crochet says...

Well done guys you should be very proud of your selfs ,and let's hope this poor lady gets the help she really needs
Well done guys you should be very proud of your selfs ,and let's hope this poor lady gets the help she really needs crochet
  • Score: 13

4:07pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Goldenwight says...

Sorry to rain on your parade, guys, because I know you acted for the best. But lying down in the middle of a railway crossing is no way to go- they have cameras, and can stop trains and turn off the power (though that wouldn't have been an issue here)

Had there been a train coming, it would have been stopped. There was no danger of electrocution. The only danger (possibly) was that she might have scratched someone.

Again, sorry to rain on your parade but you were forced into wasting your time.
Sorry to rain on your parade, guys, because I know you acted for the best. But lying down in the middle of a railway crossing is no way to go- they have cameras, and can stop trains and turn off the power (though that wouldn't have been an issue here) Had there been a train coming, it would have been stopped. There was no danger of electrocution. The only danger (possibly) was that she might have scratched someone. Again, sorry to rain on your parade but you were forced into wasting your time. Goldenwight
  • Score: -47

10:00pm Fri 4 Apr 14

brightonbatfink says...

Goldenwight wrote:
Sorry to rain on your parade, guys, because I know you acted for the best. But lying down in the middle of a railway crossing is no way to go- they have cameras, and can stop trains and turn off the power (though that wouldn't have been an issue here)

Had there been a train coming, it would have been stopped. There was no danger of electrocution. The only danger (possibly) was that she might have scratched someone.

Again, sorry to rain on your parade but you were forced into wasting your time.
The barriers were down. This means a train was approaching soon.

To turn electric off you need to call signaller...which takes up precious time when train approaching.

Turning electric off does not put the brakes on. Trains are heavy. Even if slowing down for a station and not travelling at high speed through its not that easy to stop them.
[quote][p][bold]Goldenwight[/bold] wrote: Sorry to rain on your parade, guys, because I know you acted for the best. But lying down in the middle of a railway crossing is no way to go- they have cameras, and can stop trains and turn off the power (though that wouldn't have been an issue here) Had there been a train coming, it would have been stopped. There was no danger of electrocution. The only danger (possibly) was that she might have scratched someone. Again, sorry to rain on your parade but you were forced into wasting your time.[/p][/quote]The barriers were down. This means a train was approaching soon. To turn electric off you need to call signaller...which takes up precious time when train approaching. Turning electric off does not put the brakes on. Trains are heavy. Even if slowing down for a station and not travelling at high speed through its not that easy to stop them. brightonbatfink
  • Score: 8

10:46pm Fri 4 Apr 14

abracadab says...

Goldenwight wrote:
Sorry to rain on your parade, guys, because I know you acted for the best. But lying down in the middle of a railway crossing is no way to go- they have cameras, and can stop trains and turn off the power (though that wouldn't have been an issue here)

Had there been a train coming, it would have been stopped. There was no danger of electrocution. The only danger (possibly) was that she might have scratched someone.

Again, sorry to rain on your parade but you were forced into wasting your time.
You stupid idiot.
[quote][p][bold]Goldenwight[/bold] wrote: Sorry to rain on your parade, guys, because I know you acted for the best. But lying down in the middle of a railway crossing is no way to go- they have cameras, and can stop trains and turn off the power (though that wouldn't have been an issue here) Had there been a train coming, it would have been stopped. There was no danger of electrocution. The only danger (possibly) was that she might have scratched someone. Again, sorry to rain on your parade but you were forced into wasting your time.[/p][/quote]You stupid idiot. abracadab
  • Score: 11

1:17pm Sat 5 Apr 14

holly1977 says...

Goldenwight wrote:
Sorry to rain on your parade, guys, because I know you acted for the best. But lying down in the middle of a railway crossing is no way to go- they have cameras, and can stop trains and turn off the power (though that wouldn't have been an issue here)

Had there been a train coming, it would have been stopped. There was no danger of electrocution. The only danger (possibly) was that she might have scratched someone.

Again, sorry to rain on your parade but you were forced into wasting your time.
That is quite an irresponsible thing to write, how do you know this? are you 100% sure that will happen? did it occur to you that there maybe just one person suffering from mental health reading this, that might believe what you have written, and use this as an 'attempt' to end their life? - many of those who are suicidal, are often not really wanting to end their lives, but need help and do things that 'shouldn't' actually end their lives, but create a reaction. Get back in your know it all box and think of something more constructive next time.
[quote][p][bold]Goldenwight[/bold] wrote: Sorry to rain on your parade, guys, because I know you acted for the best. But lying down in the middle of a railway crossing is no way to go- they have cameras, and can stop trains and turn off the power (though that wouldn't have been an issue here) Had there been a train coming, it would have been stopped. There was no danger of electrocution. The only danger (possibly) was that she might have scratched someone. Again, sorry to rain on your parade but you were forced into wasting your time.[/p][/quote]That is quite an irresponsible thing to write, how do you know this? are you 100% sure that will happen? did it occur to you that there maybe just one person suffering from mental health reading this, that might believe what you have written, and use this as an 'attempt' to end their life? - many of those who are suicidal, are often not really wanting to end their lives, but need help and do things that 'shouldn't' actually end their lives, but create a reaction. Get back in your know it all box and think of something more constructive next time. holly1977
  • Score: 6

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