Serious worry not on the menu for chef
The family of a Central Otago woman stuck on a boat in the Antarctic ice are not "overly worried" for her safety, despite the rescue mission dragging on.
Southern chef Nicola Kerr, from Omakau, is one of 74 crew and passengers aboard the MV Akademik Shokalskiy, trapped in heavy sea ice in the Australian Antarctic Territory's Commonwealth Bay.
The ship sent a distress call after getting caught in the ice on Christmas Day.
The rescue mission was delayed when a Chinese icebreaker, Xue Long or Snow Dragon, which was attempting to reach the MV Akademik Shokalskiy, came within 11 kilometres of the ship before also getting stuck on Saturday.
The ice has continued to expand around the ship Ms Kerr is aboard.
Despite this, her brother Gus said yesterday the family was not overly worried about Ms Kerr's safety.
Those on board were staying calm, he said.
"They don't seem too worried or panicked.
"They've got plenty of supplies."
Despite the hiccup, passengers were reported to be in good spirits, sending home rave reviews of the food Ms Kerr and her fellow Kiwi chef were serving up.
Media reports have praised the chefs on board and Mr Kerr agreed his sister had culinary skill.
"I get pretty well looked after when I'm home."
A bigger icebreaker from Australia, the Aurora Australis, was expected to arrive at the trapped ship to help free it from the ice last night.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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