Coastal search and rescue services 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.
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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.


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 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.


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

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Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade
Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade2 months ago

Our rescue team trains every Wednesday and rotate through the disciplines of water rescue, rope rescue, search and first aid.

Once a month our Captains set up a ‘real world’ drill that is expected to be completed as if there were a real callout.

Last night we undertook a rope rescue drill which involved rescuing a casualty from the bottom of a cliff who had a suspected c-spine injury.

The rescue involved an immediate set up where a rope technician was sent down with one of our medically trained team members to assess the casualty.

We then sent a subsequent technician down with a stretcher and other equipment to immobilise the casualty and bring them safely to the cliff top.

An excellent night’s training!

Photos were taken by one of our crew.
Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade
Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade2 months ago
Across a 15 hour period between Sunday night and Monday lunchtime some of our team members spent around half that time supporting a major multi-agency search for a missing person in the Blyth / Seaton Sluice area.

Thankfully, shortly after the 2nd search was paused, the police received confirmation that the casualty had been located safe and well outside our search area.

Further details on both taskings are:

054/24 – Sunday 2nd June 2024 – 22.05h – HM Coastguard tasked the Brigade and Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team to support Northumbria Police with a search for a missing person in the Seaton Sluice / Blyth area. Nine team members volunteered alongside their colleagues from Blyth for almost 4 ½ hours before the search was stood down for the night.

Number of Brigade members in attendance at this incident: Nine

055/24 – Monday 3rd June 2024 – 09.43h – HM Coastguard tasked the Brigade, Amble Coastguards, Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team & RNLI, Blyth LifeboatI to again support Northumbria Police with the ongoing search for a missing person in the Seaton Sluice / Blyth area. Eight team members volunteered for around 3 hours before being stood down.

Number of Brigade members in attendance at this incident: Eight
Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade
Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade2 months ago
053/24 – Sunday 2nd June 2024 – 12.04h – 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 kept the site clear as the Helicopter departed for the journey back to Scotland.
We wish the casualty, who needed emergency service assistance after a mountain biking accident in the Lake District, a speedy recovery from their injuries.
Officers from Northumbria Police and a crew from the North East Ambulance Service were also in attendance at this incident.

With thanks to the flight crew who welcomed the team to have a look around the Helicopter once the casualty had been safely evacuated to the ambulance.
Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade
Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade2 months ago

This is a payday reminder that the closing date for entries for this year’s event is Sunday the 9th of June

👉 Event Date Saturday 15th June
👉 Event Time 10am – 3pm
👉 Kids Power Hour 2 -3pm
👉 Entrants can come down at any point between 10 and 3 to do as many walking or running laps as you like.


The kids power hour will run 2pm – 3pm and we would encourage as many children and their accompanying adult(s) to attend this hour, however as in previous years we are happy for children to take part at any time that best fits their schedule for the day.


All entrants receive a vest or t-shirt. Entries can be made via the website (link in comments below) :


This is a fundraising event for TVLB, so if you can get sponsored, even better! The Just Giving page link is also in the comments.

See you on the stairs!

🙏Thanks to Riley’s Fish Shack Toast Tynemouth and Custer Design for their support and to King Eddie’s Stairs Challenge for organising the event 🙏
Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade
Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade
Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade2 months ago
National 3 peaks challenge update!

Well done to Adam, Sam & Will who have ticked off their first peak after completing Ben Nevis in glorious conditions this morning – Sam was last back to the van in a time just under 4hrs and the trio are now back in the safe hands of Paul who is driving them back into England and to Scafell Pike.

They hope to start climbing that around 5.30pm.

They’ve already raised a significant amount of money and are well on their way to their £1,000 target.

If you are able to contribute towards the trio then please visit:
Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade
Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade2 months ago
Yesterday our Assistant Watch House Director, Dave had the pleasure of showing off our museum to students from Yale School of Architecture who were visiting the UK with their faculty tutors, Helen Evenden (Visiting Design Scholar) and Prof. Gavin Hogben (Senior Critic).

The group had travelled up from London earlier in the day especially to visit the Watch House Museum after a recommendation from a fine art student from Newcastle University who had been on a previous tour earlier in the year.

The students and tutors were given free time to explore the museum and its many and varied artefacts reflecting the history of the Brigade after an introduction to the Watch House covering the formation of the Brigade in 1864 and its present role as a declared search and rescue facility to HM Coastguard

The Yale School of Architecture is one of the constituent professional schools of Yale University. The School awards the degrees of Master of Architecture I, Master of Architecture II, Master of Environmental Design, and Ph.D. in architectural history.

Helen said

“Thank you for the most amazing tour. The students were really moved by your stories and full of admiration for the museum.”

We’re delighted that the word is spreading about the Watch House being a great place to visit.

Our Watch House is free to visit and open to the public Saturdays, Sundays and Bank holidays until the end of August. In addition – as per this visit – we also open by appointment for pre-arranged tours and visits. For more information, either contact us via messenger or email

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.