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

CALLOUT! 134/21 – Sunday 17th October 2021 – 23.36h – HM Coastguard paged the Brigade to assist Northumbria Police with an incident in Newcastle. As team members made their way towards the scene, the Police confirmed that the casualty was now in a place of safety and all rescue resources were stood down. See MoreSee Less
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Say hello to Becky!We’re delighted to welcome Becky into our group of Rescue Team Members after she completed our new member training program over the summer.Becky, who is originally from Wigan and works as a Doctor in the NHS, joined our team in 2019 and had completed almost all her training when the pandemic put a halt to all our activities except for responding to incidents.Despite the challenges, Becky remained full of energy and committed to the cause, and we were able to complete the final elements over the summer. The Brigade has 18 members on the Rescue Team and they come from a wide range of different backgrounds and professions – from the director of an air conditioning firm to a local councillor to police officers👮‍♀️.We have a number of volunteers who also work for the NHS and having Becky present at our medical calls helps increase the quality of the care and support we can give to casualties.Speaking after completing her training, Becky said: ‘I really love being involved with the Brigade and getting involved with the callouts, training and community events. The team atmosphere is always energetic and all the members have helped me with my training and development. I have a Cocker Spaniel named Percy and love to get out and about the coast – although Percy probably won’t be becoming part of the team, the Brigade has become a big part of my life and it is great to see the support and help we get from the people of North Tyneside.’The Brigade needs more people like Becky to ensure our Rescue Team continues to grow and prosper – if you may be interested in joining the please see the following page for more information: www.tvlb.org/elementor-550/Well done Becky! 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.