Woman reunites with heroic stranger who rescued her from tube tracks in new BBC show Reunion Hotel

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It has all the trappings of a Hollywood film – a knight in shining armour rescues a woman from near death before vanishing without a trace and leaving her searching for his identity.

But it was reality for Tegan Badham, 22, who has finally been reunited with the man who pulled her to safety from an oncoming tube after she stumbled on to the tracks last summer.

She and Anthony Smith, 31, were reunited on new BBC show Reunion Hotel which offers people the chance to meet with a person from their past.

And as if one heroic moment wasn’t enough, she said that he also saved her from being hit by a taxi during a night out last month. 

Tegan explained: ‘When we went out the cab almost took us out. If he didn’t pull us back… so he was the knight in shining armour again. I don’t feel safe in London without the guy.’

Amazing: Tegan Badham, 22, has finally been reunited with the man, Antony Smith, 31, who pulled her to safety from an oncoming tube (pictured on BBC show Reunion Hotel)

Amazing: Tegan Badham, 22, has finally been reunited with the man, Antony Smith, 31, who pulled her to safety from an oncoming tube (pictured on BBC show Reunion Hotel)

Terrifying: He recused her from near death before vanishing without a trace after she fell on to the tracks at King's Cross underground station last summer

Terrifying: He recused her from near death before vanishing without a trace after she fell on to the tracks at King’s Cross underground station last summer

The Welsh Body Sculpting expert, fell on to the tracks at King’s Cross underground station on route to see Nicki Minaj at Wireless Festival on July 10 last year.

She was rescued by Australian property developer Anthony, who swiftly left the scene, leading Tegan to launch a social media campaign to track him down.

‘I was on the tracks,’ she said on the show which airs on Thursday. ‘I’ve got my hands on this [bar] trying to push myself up, but as I do that the electric goes through me.’

She likened the feeling to ‘really really’ painful cramp all over her body and said the current rendered her unable to remove her hands.

‘I could literally hear people shouting “the trains coming, the trains coming”,’ she continued.

‘When I [saw the lights] I just looked at him… He was on the platform… I just remember him saying “give me your hand” and for a split second the current just stopped. I don’t know why. I got my one hand up and obviously [he] just pulled me.

‘When I came up I just put my head in my knees and I was just crying. I looked back up and he’d gone because the train that was coming was his train…. If he wasn’t there I genuinely would have been roast beef.’

Tegan, who runs her own business in Cwmbran, South Wales, said her burnt skin was sticking to the bed in the ambulance as she was taken to St Thomas’ Hospital. She was left with burns to her back, arms and legs.

Incredible: She and Anthony Smith, 31, were reunited on Reunion Hotel which offers people the chance to meet with a person from their past (pictured during another meet up)

Incredible: She and Anthony Smith, 31, were reunited on Reunion Hotel which offers people the chance to meet with a person from their past (pictured during another meet up) 

Hero: 'I was on the tracks,' she said on the show which airs on Thursday. 'I've got my hands on this [bar] trying to push myself up, but as I do that the electric goes through me'

Hero: ‘I was on the tracks,’ she said on the show which airs on Thursday. ‘I’ve got my hands on this [bar] trying to push myself up, but as I do that the electric goes through me’

Reunion: He was on the platform... I just remember him saying "give me your hand". I got my one hand up and obviously [he] just pulled me'

Reunion: He was on the platform… I just remember him saying “give me your hand”. I got my one hand up and obviously [he] just pulled me’ 

She said if it wasn’t for the rubber boots she was wearing she may have died from the voltage.

Tegan was ‘absolutely terrified’ to meet Antony but could no longer ‘go through my days not thanking him for such a heroic thing’.

She posted an appeal on social media to find him which swiftly went viral.

Mr Smith said it was ‘bizarre’ to see himself described as a ‘mystery hero’ as it was simply ‘instinctive’ to save Tegan. 

He said he ‘definitely wanted to get in touch’ because he had regrets about leaving the scene so quickly.

‘I do really regret that because it makes no sense from a first aid point of view,’ he said. ‘But also from a human to human point of view you should stay with someone who has just had an incident like that.

‘So if I had my time again I wouldn’t have left. It was just the anonymity of it all. We left and then went to a pub and we sat there saying again and again “what just happened?”‘

Since the incident, Tegan has suffered with panic attacks and nightmares ‘where I’ve woke up and I’m literally crying my eyes out’ but she has had help from a counsellor provided by the BBC.

She is unable to take the tube and is sometimes fearful of trains, adding: ‘If I walked down that underground today I think I’d have a panic attack. It would freak me out. I don’t think I could do it.’

Antony said he also endured a period where he was ‘struggling catching the underground’.

‘I was kind of pinned up against the wall whenever the trains were coming in,’ he said. ‘I’m still a bit not right with it so that was weird in a way.’ The pair were reunited exactly one month to the day since the incident.

Thankful: Tegan was 'absolutely terrified' to meet Antony but could no longer 'go through my days not thanking him for such a heroic thing'

Thankful: Tegan was ‘absolutely terrified’ to meet Antony but could no longer ‘go through my days not thanking him for such a heroic thing’

Coming soon: Presented by Alex Jones, episode also features brothers meeting for the first time, two bands from the 1960s reuniting, and a family thanking a team of builders

Coming soon: Presented by Alex Jones, episode also features brothers meeting for the first time, two bands from the 1960s reuniting, and a family thanking a team of builders

In Thursday’s episode is seen presenting her ‘knight in shining armour’ with a gift and a card signed ‘train track girl Tegan’.

There are plans for Antony to get a matching lightning bolt tattoo on his arm and to meet Tegan’s ‘crazy’ family.

She said: ‘[He was] on FaceTime with my mum… she was like “I’m fuming you put me on the call I really fancy him and I did not look nice”. I was like “mum, get in line all right”.’

Presented by Alex Jones, episode also features brothers meeting for the first time, two bands from the 1960s reuniting, and a family thanking a team of builders who adapted their house for free to accommodate their daughter’s rare skin condition.

Reunion Hotel airs on BBC2 on Thursdays at 8pm.



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