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IT'S a dangerous stunt that can kill - but that didn't stop this beer-swilling man from hitching a free ride on the back of a train on Friday night.
The train surfer was snapped perched on the outside of the train with a beer in hand at Jolimont station about 10.55pm.
A horrified witness said a person on the packed platform had tried to coax the man to safety before the train left.
"I just couldn't believe someone was doing this,'' the onlooker said.
A man perched on the outside of a train with a beer in hand. Picture Kevin Griffin Source: HeraldSun
"There was nothing to hang on to, and he was drinking a beer. It looked like his friend was trying to get him to come off, he was gesturing to him.
"But the train pulled away with him on it. It had built up quite a bit of speed while he was on it.''
Crowds of people, many who had just left the Twenty20 cricket, witnessed the act.
The incident comes two years after an 18-year-old man was electrocuted and died after he train-surfed atop a carriage and touched live wires at Caulfield train station.
Victoria Police spokeswoman Sen-Constable Melissa Seach said offenders were gambling with their lives and police investigated any reports of train surfing.
"The term 'tram surfing' or 'train surfing' is a misleading descriptor for an illegal act that jeopardises public and personal safety,'' she said.
People caught mounting part of a vehicle not meant for travel face on-the-spot fines of $354 for an adult and $72 for a child.
Metro spokesman Daniel Hoare said the act, called 'coupler riding', was perilous and urged the public to report any sightings.
"This type of behaviour is obviously reckless and extremely dangerous and we urge anyone who sees this sort of thing to contact police,'' Mr Hoare said.
Police Minister Kim Wells condemned the offender's actions: "It's a risk with no gain. Anyone who thinks this is a worthwhile activity needs to realise they are unnecessarily risking their life and the lives and safety of others."
Meanwhile, frustrated commuters called the Herald Sun on Saturday to complain that there were not enough trains after the Twenty20 game on Friday night.
Mr Hoare said extra services were added to cope with increased demand but there could be congestion when crowds left big events.
This article first appeared on www.news.com.au
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