Schoolboy Julian's Lifesaving Mythbuster Moment
Mark O'Dwyer owes his life to a 14-year-old punk rocker and an edgy television science program.
The 54-year-old was waiting at Lisarow train station on the Central Coast on October 19 when he fainted and toppled two metres from the platform onto the tracks below, as a freight train bore down on the station.
14-year-old Julian Shaw, who is 180 centimetres tall and weighs 70 kilograms, was travelling home from school with classmates when he saw Mr O'Dwyer, who is 187 centimetres tall and weighs 110 kilograms, fall. Julian leapt into action.
"I jumped down on to the tracks, lifted him off the ground and put him on my shoulder - he was heavy but there was enough adrenaline rushing through to help me," said Julian.
With the train "just a couple of metres away", Julian moved the North Gosford resident to the edge of the track and rolled him under the platform.
But danger was not totally averted.
"As the train roared past, there was a suction that pulled us in," Julian said. "I'd seen that on MythBusters, so I stayed right back and pulled Mark back towards me."
The train eventually passed safely, and the pair chatted until ambulance officers arrived.
Mr O'Dwyer is now recovering at home with a back injury, three fractured ribs, a fractured shoulder, damaged knee and general bruising.
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