TYNEMOUTH VOLUNTEER LIFE BRIGADE

COASTAL RESCUE SINCE 1864

SAVING LIVES ALONG THE COAST
Coastal rescue service since 1864
HOW YOUR SUPPORT HELPS
Your support allows us to provide a life saving coastal rescue service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
KEEPING HERITAGE ALIVE
A unique collection of artefacts that recreate the dramatic history of the TVLB and our coastal rescues from our formation in 1864
SEE FOR YOURSELF
Visit our free to enter, Watchouse museum which stands proudly overlooking the mouth of the Tyne.
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WELCOME TO TYNEMOUTH VOLUNTEER LIFEBRIGADE

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.

Fundraising

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

We’re pleased to announce the TVLB have been successful in our application for the Venator Community Fund and has been entered into the public voting shortlist! Our entry will appear on the Venator Community Fund website where you will be able to vote. Anyone can access the website and vote (three times max per person) for us between Tuesday 1 June and Monday 25 June 2021. The most voted for project will receive a grant of £1,000, along with a second place grant of £750 and a third place grant of £500. Please lend us your 3 votes to help us continue to save lives along our coastline. Please click the link below.www.venatorcommunity.com/community-fund-voting/project/?project_id=7
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CALLOUT! 059/21 – Sunday 30th May 2021 – 15.57h – HM Coastguard paged the Brigade and Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team (Blyth Coastguards) after a report was received that a casualty had suffered a possible dislocated knee near to St. Mary’s Island. The teams worked together to assess the casualty and then contacted a family member of the casualties who was able to make their way to scene and take them to hospital for further assessment and treatment. Once the casualty was in the care of relatives, both teams were stood down shortly before 5pm.
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CALLOUT! 058/21 – Friday 28th May 2021 – 09.44h – HM Coastguard paged the Brigade, along with Blyth & Newbiggin Coastguard Rescue Teams (Blyth Coastguards & Newbiggin Coastguard Rescue Team) and Cullercoats RNLI (Cullercoats RNLI) to assist in a multi-agency search for a high-risk missing person. With support from two Senior Coastal Operation Officers (HM Coastguard NE), one of whom is a Search specialist, and working in close communication with the Coastguard and Northumbria Police control rooms, a search of the North Tyneside Coastline was completed. After four hours, with no sign of the missing person, all units were stood down. Thankfully the person was then located a short time later by the Police.
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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.