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Frozen sausage 'saved my life', says butcher trapped in freezer

Frozen sausage 'saved my life', says butcher trapped in freezer”

Chris McCabe said he became trapped in the walk-in freezer at his shop in Totnes, southwest England, last month when wind blew the door shut.

"I picked up this black pudding, which was solid and I was able ... to give it two or three good bangs and finally I broke the ice".

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

The grateful butcher told the BBC: "No-one could hear me banging".

I used it like the police use battering rams to break door locks in.

McCabe said he found the emergency door release button inside the freezer - which was set to a temperature of -4 degrees - had frozen solid.

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

A butcher facing imminent death wielded a black pudding to batter his way out of a walk-in freezer.

The safety button to open the door had frozen in the -20 C chill. In a battle against time, McCabe tried to dislodge the frozen mechanism - first by kicking it, then with various joints of meat, which all proved too unwieldy to make an effective battering ram.

"I removed all the metal racking around it and I looked around for some thing to hit it with and I came on the idea of using a black pudding stick".

But with time running out in the freezer, he grabbed the only tool he could find - a 1.5kg black pudding made by the Queen's butcher HM Sheridan of Ballater.



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