South Yarra train passenger rescues man standing between rail tracks

Heartstopping moment good Samaritan risks his life to save a man standing on train tracks at a busy station

  • Man standing on tracks at Melbourne rail station 
  • Bystander jumps from platform and rescues him 
  • Station staff also saw man and had stopped trains 

A heroic bystander has risked his life to save a man who was standing marooned between the rail tracks at a busy city train station.

Shortly before 10am on Sunday a man was spotted standing on the tracks at Melbourne’s South Yarra station, a few stops southeast of the CBD. 

CCTV footage captured the bare-footed man standing motionless between two rail lines while commuters frantically gestured and called out to him from the platforms on either side.

A man wearing a black T-shirt appears to be discussing the situation with a station staff member before suddenly jumping down from the platform onto the tracks.  

He runs to the man standing between the tracks and pulls him towards the platform.

A heroic member of the public jumped down to the tracks and managed to pull the man to safety

The stranded man appears to go willingly with his rescuer while being held in a loose bear hug.  

With this bit of encouragement the bare-footed man skips over the rail lines and clambers onto the platform with a helping hand from the Metro Trains staff member.

The rescuer also scrambles nimbly up to safety.

Metro Trains later told Channel Nine that trains on approach to the station had been stopped after the man was spotted on the rail tracks.

It is unknown if the heroic rescuer knew the trains had been stopped before his valiant dash across the tracks. 

Metro Trains has been contacted for comment.