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Students hailed 'heroes' for saving a life in Herne Bay

A group of six teenagers including one students from Canterbury College, have been hailed as ‘heroes’ after saving a young man's life at a railway station in Herne Bay on Saturday 24 October.  

Tia Hancock, from the Canterbury School of Visual Arts at Canterbury College alongside Health and Social Care student, Chloe Skinsley, from Broadstairs College, and Construction students, Jack Williams and Kyle Pattison, from Sheppey College, were among the group of friends that intervened to prevent a suicidal young man from making it onto the tracks. 

The friends said they had seen a young man looking distressed on the edge of the platform and decided to step in and help. The group were able to pull the man and hold him back until the oncoming train had passed. 

Their quick thinking was praised by Elaina O'Brien, who works at local taxi firm Abacus, which is situated within the station. 

She recalled to Kent Online: "For a group of teenagers to come forth and do that, it can't go unnoticed. It was really quick thinking. If it wasn't for their immediate reaction and courage, then that young boy would no longer be here."

Our Chief Executive Officer, Graham Razey, said: “Our whole Group community is really proud of these students and their quick thinking which ultimately saved a life. Their emotional intelligence and sense of community spirit should certainly be commended. As a Group we seek to imbue all of our students with this sense of community through our programme of social action, and it’s wonderful to see our young people showcase such compassion and empathy for those around them who may be struggling with life. These students have done an amazing thing, and I’m fantastically pleased their efforts have been recognised.”