Irish breakfast favourite, black pudding, saves life of stricken butcher trapped in freezer
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Irish breakfast favourite, black pudding, saves life of stricken butcher trapped in freezer

A BUTCHER has credited black pudding with saving his life after he became trapped in a walk-in freezer.

The delicious combo of beef suet, oatmeal and blood is a staple of an Irish fry, but it’s now a lifesaver as well.

Butcher Chris McCabe, 70, got locked in the freezer of his shop in Totnes, Devon after the wind blew the door shut.

With the temperature a life-threatening -20C and the inner door release button frozen solid, the butcher estimated he only had half an hour to escape the room.

Forgoing the lamb and beef, the butcher grabbed the last 1.5kg black pudding in the freezer, using it to batter the frozen button.

He told the Daily Mirror: “Black pudding saved my life, without a doubt.”

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The butcher said the black pudding was the right size and shape for the job, as he was able to wield it like the police use a battering ram.

He added: "I managed to get in a position to bash the button a few times until the ice broke and the door opened."

After three good whacks, the butcher managed to free himself from his precarious position.

While it may be an Irish staple, the life-saving pudding in Chris' case was supplied by the Queen's butcher, HM Sheridan from Scotland.