Butcher is 'saved by black pudding' after getting stuck in a freezer

11 January 2018, 17:18

Black pudding butcher

A 70-year-old butcher who found himself trapped in a walk-in freezer managed to escape thanks to a frozen black pudding.

Chris McCabe revealed that he got stuck after the freezer door in his shop in Totnes, Devon, blew shut behind him.

Finding himself trapped in temperatures of -20C (-4F), and with the door-release button frozen shut, he cleverly used the 1.5kg sausage as a battering ram.

He said: "No-one could hear me banging. Black pudding saved my life."

McCabe thought at first that he "was OK because I could kick the safety button from inside", but "this time it was frozen solid".

Temperatures that cold would usually kill a human in about an hour. The father-of-four searched for a tool to smash the button. Beef and lamb proved too slippery or too big, but the "best thing" was the sacred black pudding.

He said: "It was the right shape. I used it like the police use battering rams to break door locks in. It was solid, pointed and I could get plenty of weight behind it.

"I'm lucky really. We sell about two or three each week and that was the last one in there."

Lesson learned. Always keep a giant frozen black pudding handy.