the average person the NCI Stations provide support both on
land and at sea.
people might underestimate the steepness and distance involved
in doing seemingly simple things like coastal walks. Perhaps
you are part way into your and something happens. Could be anything.
Not as fit as you were, temperature variations - demandingly
hot or a big wind chill factor in winter, sprained ankle!
a problem develops and you need assistance in the sometimes
wilderness of the Cornish coast paths - make a note of where
your nearest NCI station is. If you are lost or confused you
have a point of reference - perhaps check in with them as you
pass. Warning - some stations have hazardous access to the watchpoint
so please don't just walk in.
at sea you should have notified the NMCA or responsible party
about your activity, this is not an NCI task. Watchkeepers are
there to alert rescue services if problems develop which are
of a visual or signal nature within their operating area.
Some of the best climbing in Cornwall is close to NCI stations
- see Gwennap Head. It might
make sense to ask the watchkeeper to record your presence. If
anything goes wrong, you may suffer injury, if so, someone will
be aware that there is a problem and potentially help can be
on its way. Please look at the hours which the station is staffed
in these situations.
NCI stations are staffed by trained volunteers and donations
are always welcome.