British butcher uses black pudding as battering ram to escape freezer

He battered the lock with the frozen stick of black pudding with it eventually giving way and Mr Mc Cabe walked free

Chris McCabe thought he would die after getting stuck inside the -20C chamber.

He tried to crack the ice with a leg of lamb but it was too big.

Chris McCabe, a 70-year-old butcher from the United Kingdom, battered his way out of a freezer with a frozen blood pudding sausage.

Chris McCabe says he panicked because the freezer was -20 degrees Celsius and the safety button had frozen over.

Mr McCabe said: "No-one could hear me banging".

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.

McCabe told website Devon Live that he used the meaty tube "like a battering ram" and managed to unstick the button after several blows. He was unable to grip a side of beef. 'I've been shut in before and I used the button to get out then, but this time it was frozen solid. It was solid, pointed and I could get plenty of weight behind it.

With time running out in the freezer, which it is believed could lead to the death of someone trapped inside within 30 minutes, he grabbed the only tool he could find.

The incident was reminiscent of Kung Fu Kapers, a classic episode of the 1970s BBC TV comedy series The Goodies, where martial arts expert Ecky-Thump hits people on the head with a black pudding. The black pudding was the best thing to hit the button with because it was the right shape.

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