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! 086/21 – Thursday 22nd July 2021 – 18.24h – HM Coastguard paged the Brigade and Cullercoats RNLI after receiving a report of two women in difficulty in the sea at Tynemouth Longsands. As Brigade members made their way towards the scene, information was received confirming that both casualties were now safe and all rescue units were stood down.
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085/21 – Wednesday 21st July 2021 – 17.20h – HM Coastguard paged the Brigade with a request to support Sunderland Coastguard Rescue Team who were investigating a report of a woman possibly in need of assistance in the Whitburn area. As Brigade members arrived on scene, officers from the Coastguard Rescue Team confirmed that the casualty did not require any further help and all rescue units were stood down at 17.50h. Officers from Northumbria Police were also in attendance at this call.
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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.