Coastal rescue service since 1864
Your support allows us to provide a life saving coastal rescue service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
A unique collection of artefacts that recreate the dramatic history of the TVLB and our coastal rescues from our formation in 1864
Visit our free to enter, Watchouse museum which stands proudly overlooking the mouth of the Tyne.


On Call 24/7 : 365 Days of the year : Whatever the weather

The Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade is a voluntary shore based coastal rescue service founded in 1864. We are a Declared Facility to HM Coastguard for Rope Rescue, Water Rescue, Coastal Search and Rescue and also have advanced first aid capabilities.


As a registered charity the brigade is entirely funded by donations, grants and fundraising activities and run entirely by non-paid volunteers. As well as the volunteer rescue team there is also a dedicated volunteer support team including directors, fundraisers, museum guides and friends of the TVLB who give their time, money and commitment to support the brigade.

The Watch House Museum

The Museum displays artefacts, pictures and relics from old shipwrecks chronicling the history of lifesaving on our coastline since 1864. Click on the link below for more information and opening times.

Latest news

Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade set record for incidents attended during the first six months of a yearLate on Thursday evening, the Brigade was called out for the 69th time this year – setting a new record for the most number of incidents in the first six months of a year. This broke our previous record of 68 calls between January and June 2021 – a year that went on to be the busiest on record for the team with a total of 150 calls across the 12 months.Thankfully the call on Thursday evening reached a quick and safe conclusion – however the team have already been out twice in the month of July as our busy year looks set to continue.We’d like to thank our volunteer members, their families, friends and employers who all help ensure we are able to continue to provide a coastal rescue team, and also extend a big thank you to our colleagues in flank teams and services who we work closely with.Although 2022 is proving very busy for us, we’d like to encourage everyone to enjoy visits to the beaches and coastlines in a safe and responsible manner this summer. If intending to go in the sea, please consider going to a beach with lifeguards (more information on this can be found at rnli.org/find-my-nearest/lifeguarded-beaches)If you see someone in difficulty at the coast, or need assistance, please dial 999 and ask for the coastguard.Further details on our three most recent calls are shown below:069/22 – Thursday 30th June 2022 – 23.41h – HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to proceed to an incident near to Tynemouth where a person had requested assistance due to their distressed state. Brigade members quickly located the casualty and took them to a place of safety.070/22 – Friday 1st July 2022 – 18.58h – HM Coastguard paged the Brigade to attend a multi-agency incident in Newcastle. Nine Brigade members volunteered for 25 minutes before the team was stood down.071/22 – Sunday 3rd July 2022 – 21.55h – HM Coastguard paged the Brigade, Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team (Blyth Coastguards) and Cullercoats RNLI to assist a Police incident in Tynemouth. Five team members volunteered for 30 minutes with one casualty taken into Police care. See MoreSee Less
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CALLOUT! 068/22 – Wednesday 29th June 2022 – 14.10h – HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to proceed to North Shields Fish Quay to carry out a welfare check on a person who was reported to have been in the River Tyne, fully clothed, and possibly under the influence of alcohol.Brigade members arrived on scene and spoke with a group of fishermen who said that the casualty had been seen to climb out of the water and then leave the area unaided. With no sign of the casualty in the local area, the Coastguard confirmed that they were satisfied no further assistance was required and the Brigade was stood down. See MoreSee Less
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our history

The Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade (TVLB) is the oldest and one of only 3 remaining active Volunteer Life Brigades in the UK. The TVLB was formed following the tragic loss of 32 souls from the stricken ships of the S.S.Stanley and the schooner Friendship on 24th November 1864 at the Black Middens rocks at Tynemouth.