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

A busy morning for the team with our 2nd call of the morning coming just after 11am. Full details are shown below:CALLOUT! 123/21 – Sunday 19th September 2021 – 11.12h – HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to secure the Richardson Road Helicopter Landing Site where the Coastguard Rescue Helicopter from Humberside Airport was due to land. Brigade members worked alongside officers from Northumbria Police to clear and secure the site, with the helicopter landing at around 11.30h. A sailor, who had suffered an injury to a finger, was taken to hospital in the Brigade vehicle, with the helicopter departing Newcastle just after midday. See MoreSee Less
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CALLOUT! 122/21 – Sunday 19th September 2021 – 08.19h – HM Coastguard tasked the Brigade and Cullercoats RNLI to assist Northumbria Police with an incident in the Cullercoats area. After approximately 45 minutes the incident was brought to a successful conclusion with one casualty taken into Police care. 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.