Butcher an hour from death saved by black pudding

Chris Mc Cabe wields his trusty Scottish black pudding on the door-release button in the meat freezer outside his butcher’s store in Totnes Devon

Chris Mc Cabe wields his trusty Scottish black pudding on the door-release button in the meat freezer outside his butcher’s store in Totnes Devon

Fearing time was running out, he grabbed the plastic-coated blood sausage and used it like a "police battering ram" to battle his way free.

The door release button had frozen solid, and he could not find anything to de-ice it, so Chris turned to the frozen goods.

'It was the best thing to hit the button with because it was the right shape'.

As well as saving his life, Chris also credits the humble black pudding with being the ideal accompaniment for a fried breakfast.

The lamb was too big and the beef didn't afford enough grip, and McCabe had all but given up hope of survival when his eyes alighted on a 1.5kg black pudding from HM Sheridan of Bridge Street in Ballater, Aberdeenshire.

"No one could hear me banging because it is outside, round the back of the shop".

Dad-of-four Chris said: "Black pudding saved my life, without a doubt".

"My heart sank for a moment, then I thought 'I'll have to kick myself out of it, '" he said, according to the Daily Mail.

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

This is not the first time that the freezer door has blown shut behind McCabe, but he has always been able to activate the door release switch.

The safety button to open the door had frozen in the -20 C chill.

"I managed to get in a position to bash the button a few times until the ice broke and the door opened". "That might make it harder", Florence said.

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