COASTAL SEARCH AND RESCUE SINCE 1864

SAVING LIVES ALONG THE COAST
Coastal search and rescue services 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 search and 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.

SUPPORT US

There are many ways you can support us, from fundraising and event participation to regular giving through our supporters' Honorary Membership.

The next big fundraiser for TVLB is the Eddies Stairs Challenge taking place in Saturday 15th June 2024 

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.

TVLB BRITISH WOOL GANSEY

Now for sale via our knitwear partner Jo Storie designed in Northumberland and knitted in in a small artisanal factory in Cumbria, using yarn from British farmers in Yorkshire Mill and finally embroidered in Whitley Bay

Latest news

Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade
Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade9 hours ago
Fundraisers prepare to conquer National 3 Peaks Challenge in 24 hours

This weekend three dedicated fundraisers will be taking on a mammoth task of conquering the National 3 Peaks Challenge in aid of the Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade (TVLB) in under 24 hours.

Will Hogg will be joined by Sam Nicholson (a volunteer at Tynemouth RNLI), and Adam Riley (owner of Riley’s Fish Shack, Tynemouth) as they look to climb Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon) at pace to ensure that the combined total ascent of 3,408 metres is completed in time.

Starting on Saturday morning at Ben Nevis, the plan is to complete Ben Nevis and Yr Wyddfa in no more than 5 hours each, with a maximum of 4 hours set aside to complete Scafell Pike.

Paul Warren, also a longtime supporter of TVLB, will be on hand to support the men after each climb, and drive them between each mountain to ensure they get a chance to rest along the way.
In addition, the group have also received sponsorship from UK Wind Services Ltd who are covering travel costs and accommodation at the start and end of the trip.

Will, who has helped raise tens of thousands of pounds for TVLB since the death of his father (also Will Hogg, who served both as our Chairman and as a Rescue Team Captain) in 2009, loves setting himself challenges to complete in the name of fundraising and is particularly looking forward to this weekend’s undertaking:

‘This particular challenge is one I’ve been looking forward to doing for many years as it combines endurance with climbing. For the past 6 years we’ve ran the King Eddie’s Stair Challenge for the Brigade (which is coming up on 15th June), and that has helped build into me a love of running uphill. While I’m not sure we’ll manage to run all three hills, we’re all determined to complete the challenge well within the 24-hour limit.

TVLB do a fantastic job in providing a coastal search and rescue team, as well as providing vital water safety talks in the local area, and celebrating the area’s rich maritime past – it’s great to be able to do a little bit to help them in their work.’

As an organisation, TVLB are again in awe at the commitment Will, Sam and Adam have shown to both their training and fundraising – not to mention the willingness of Paul to do the vital role of moving them around the country to ensure they stay on track to complete within 24 hours.

We rely entirely on voluntary donations and fundraising challenges such as this one are a vital part of ensuring we’re able to keep offering the range of things that we do.

For more information on the challenge please follow our Facebook page throughout the weekend.

If you’re able to support the trio by way of a donation then please visit: https://www.justgiving.com/page/tvlb3pc24

The enclosed photo was taken by John Millard and shows from left to right, Sam Nicholson, Will Hogg and Adam Riley joined by Brigade Secretary Peter Lilley at our Watch House.
Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade
Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade2 days ago
We’ve had three calls over the past few days, including two noteworthy incidents.

On Thursday evening a casualty was rescued from the sea off Tynemouth Longsands. The rescue was made possible thanks to the quick reactions of a member of public who dialed 999 and contacted the Coastguard, and a paddleboarder who went out to the casualty and kept them afloat and enabled the crew from Cullercoats RNLI to quickly locate and recover them.

On Saturday evening we worked with our colleagues at Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team to rescue a young lad who had got stuck while climbing on rocks at Tynemouth Haven. The rescue involved team member Heather Peacock being lowered down the cliff before securing the casualty in a harness and bringing him to a place of safety. A rope rescue always involves a team effort to ensure it runs safely and efficiently, but one or two members also have the job of being lowered into challenging locations to access the casualty – a big well done to Heather for completing this rescue with great skill and composure. We’ve included a few photos showing Heather on her way to the casualty, and as she secured him in the rescue harness.

These three calls have taken our total for the month to a lofty high of 18 – making it our busiest May in our history (our previous high was 16 calls in May 2009).

Further details on the three calls are shown below:

050/24 – Thursday 23rd May 2024 – 19.35h – HM Coastguard tasked the Brigade & Cullercoats RNLI to a report of a person in the water at Tynemouth Longsands. Brigade members arrived at the south end of the beach and observed a paddleboarder a significant distance from shore who was able to keep the casualty afloat. The Lifeboat quickly arrived and recovered the casualty to their boat, before taking them back to Cullercoats. They were then passed into the care of the North East Ambulance Service and Northumbria Police for further medical care.

Number of Brigade members in attendance at this incident: Eight

051/24 – Saturday 25th May 2024 – 17.57h – HM Coastguard tasked the Brigade and Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team to a report of two people stuck on a cliff at Tynemouth Priory. Brigade members quickly arrived on scene and found that the two casualties were actually stuck on the north side of Spanish Battery, above Tynemouth Haven beach. Although one of the pair had self-descended, the other was stuck and, after stating that he felt weak and had a pre-existing medical condition, it was clear that an immediate rescue was needed to prevent him falling.
Rigging up Rope Rescue equipment, made slightly more complicated by the fact it had to be run across a car park, the team quickly lowered a Rope Rescue Technician to the casualty. The casualty was then placed into a rescue harness and lowered to the safety of the beach. After a quick medical check, the casualty left the scene in the care of a parent.
With thanks to a warden from North Tyneside Council who assisted in closing part of the car park to allow the rescue to be safely completed.

Number of Brigade members in attendance at this incident: Eight

052/24 – Saturday 25th May 2024 – 18.44h – Just as team members finished the previous incident, HM Coastguard asked them to proceed up river to the St Peters Basin area of the River Tyne where a report was received of a broken down boat containing three people and a dog.
Team members carried out a detailed search of the River, with Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat also in attendance. Despite best efforts, no sign of the broken down boat could be made. With no further information and no reports of anyone needing immediate assistance, all rescue assets were stood down and returned to Tynemouth.

Number of Brigade members in attendance at this incident: Eight
Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade
Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade1 week ago
049/24 – Monday 20th May 2024 – 19.01h – HM Coastguard tasked the Brigade to prepare the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site where the Coastguard Rescue Helicopter from Prestwick Airport was due to land. Six team members volunteered for around 90 minutes during which time they secured the landing site for the arrival of the Helicopter; assisted in the transfer of a casualty to an awaiting ambulance; and then stayed on scene as the Helicopter flew to the airport to refuel before returning to the site to collect a crew member, and then finally departing to make their return to Scotland.
The casualty, a 78-year-old woman who had fallen while climbing Scafell Pike, was taken to hospital for further assessment and treatment and we wish her a speedy recovery from her injuries.
Officers from Northumbria Police and a crew from the North East Ambulance Service were also in attendance at this incident.

Number of Brigade members in attendance at this incident: Six
Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade
Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade
Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade1 week ago
Do you recognise this towel and t-shirt? They were found by the old swimming pool at Tynemouth this morning.

They are now with the Brigade after concern was raised that they may belong to a swimmer in need of assistance.

If you have any further information regarding this then please get in touch!

Full details on our call are as follows:

048/24 – Sunday 19th May 2024 – 11.13h – A member of the public reported a t-shirt and towel that they’d located next to the old swimming pool at Tynemouth Longsands. It was unclear if the clothing had been intentionally left, or belonged to a swimmer currently in the sea.
HM Coastguard was contacted and dispatched the Brigade to the scene to investigate. Team members were on scene for around 30 minutes, but were unable to locate the owner of the clothing, with no one appearing to need assistance in the Tynemouth area.
With no reports of anyone missing or overdue, the Coastguard asked the Brigade to remove the items from the beach to prevent any further concern, and the call was marked down as a false alarm with good intent.

Number of Brigade members in attendance at this incident: Five
Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade
Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade2 weeks ago
047/24 – Saturday 18th May 2024 – 18.28h – HM Coastguard tasked the Brigade & Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team to assist the North East Ambulance Service & Northumbria Police with an incident at Cullercoats Bay.
Brigade members quickly arrived on scene to find that the casualty was in a place of safety and no further rescue resources were required.

Number of Brigade members in attendance at this incident: Seven
Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade
Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade2 weeks ago
046/24 – Thursday 16th May 2024 – 12.22h – HM Coastguard tasked the Brigade, Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team & Cullercoats RNLI after receiving a report of concern for the welfare of two men in an inflatable heading south from Cullercoats Bay. After a short search, the Brigade located the pair on the north end of Tynemouth Longsands. They confirmed that they were fit and well and required no further assistance. At this point, all rescue units were stood down

Number of Brigade members in attendance at this incident: Three

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.