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

CALLOUT! 044/22 – Saturday 14th May 2022 – 16.07h – HM Coastguard paged the Brigade to support Northumbria Police in locating a 6 year-old child who had gone missing from Whitley Bay beach at around 15.55h. The first Brigade member on scene met up with the parent, who informed him that the child had been located by a member of the public further to the south. Brigade members then helped reunite the parent and child, with the family very grateful for the prompt and quick help and support they received. All rescue units were stood down at 16.30h. See MoreSee Less
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KESC22The King Eddie’s Stairs Challenge 2022Saturday June 18th 10-4pm.Our annual fundraiser is back for another year – Come down at any point between 10am and 4pm and run, walk or crawl as many loops as you like. Stay for 10mins, 30mins or the whole day whatever suits you. £15 run entry only (t-shirt and entry)£30 run entry and afterparty ticket (afterparty to be hosted at Toast Tynemouth by Riley’s Fish Shack). Enter via the website below:www.kingeddiesstairschallenge.co.ukOn the day we’ll also have a fundraising stall at Sharpness Point (between Tynemouth & King Eddie’s) with a cake stand, raffle and tombolaA huge thanks to Will & Jordan and the team at ClassFit for their help and support in organising the day! 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.