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Harrowing footage has revealed the moment a teenager was rescued after trespassing on a railway

 

Sixteen-year-old Tegan suffered a cardiac arrest and her heart stopped beating for seven minutes when she tried to take a shortcut between two railway platforms at Bournemouth Railway station. Please please make sure that the young people in your life know how dangerous the railways are

 

Harrowing footage has revealed the moment a teenager was rescued after trespassing on a railway.

16-year-old Tegan fell as she ran across the tracks to get to her friend on the opposite platform.

The pair had been enjoying a day out after their secondary school prom.

 

However, Tegan made contact with a live electrical conductor rail and suffered a cardiac arrest.

Her heart stopped beating for seven minutes after electricity passed through her left arm, crossed her heart and went through her right arm.

 
Tegan ran across the tracks to get to her friend
Tegan ran across the tracks to get to her friend

But thanks to the quick and decisive action by members of Bournemouth station staff, Tegan was pulled away from the tracks and resuscitated on the platform.

She was left with third-degree burns over 10 per cent of her body, spending five months in hospital recovering and still has to undergo further surgery for her injuries.

Tegan said: “Being in intensive care was the hardest thing I’ve ever been through. I’d just always think that nobody was going to love me the way they did before and that I’d never be like the old me again.

“I want to get the message out there that the dangers on the railway aren’t always obvious, like the conductor rail and trip hazards.

“I want people to learn from my mistake.”

Tegan’s mum, Sasha Mullings, added: “She’s definitely lucky to still be here. That day will never leave my mind.

 
“She was in an induced coma and was in and out of surgery – we didn’t know what kind of lifelong injuries she would have. She had to learn how to walk again, how to eat, she couldn’t really talk and she had to learn how to do everything with her left hand.

“It doesn’t just impact you. One small thought could save the pain that you can put yourself and your family through.”

 

Now, Tegan is planning to study psychology at college – and hopes to turn her ordeal into a positive by using her experience to help people who have suffered severe burns.

She also features in a powerful film released by Network Rail highlighting the devastating consequences of railway trespass.

Working with British Transport Police and the wider rail industry, they are hoping to raise awareness of the dangers of trespassing on the railway as part of the You vs Train campaign.

David Smith, director of safety for Network Rail’s Wessex route, said: “I’d like to commend Tegan and Sasha for their bravery in working with us to share their story and raise awareness of the dangers present on the railway just one year on from this incident.

“This powerful video highlights the devastating and wide-reaching consequences that trespassing on the railway can have, and we hope it will help amplify the message that everyone loses the moment you step on the track.”