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

Over the past week the Brigade has responded to five incidents. We’ve worked alongside RNLI teams at Blyth (RNLI, Blyth Lifeboat), Cullercoats (Cullercoats RNLI) and Tynemouth (Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat), and with our colleagues at Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team (Blyth Coastguards) and Northumbria Police. Further information on each of the calls is shown below:045/22 – Sunday 15th May 2022 – 12.26h – HM Coastguard paged the Brigade & Tynemouth RNLI to check on the welfare of a surfer reported to be around 400 metres offshore from Tynemouth. A passing sailing boat had spoken with the man, who said he required no assistance, but the crew of the yacht were concerned he was some decent from the beach. Brigade members and the Lifeboat were on scene for around 30 minutes checking the area between the North Tyne Pier and Cullercoats Bay.No persons requiring assistance were located, although there were lots of surfers and paddleboarders enjoying the sunny weather.With no report of anyone missing or overdue, all rescue resources were stood down at 13.10h. 046/22 – Sunday 15th May 2022 – 18.52h – HM Coastguard paged the Brigade, Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team and Cullercoats RNLI to assist with a police incident in Whitley Bay. A Brigade member was first on scene and located the casualty who was then passed into the care of Northumbria Police. The Brigade was stood down from the incident at 19.10h.047/22 – Tuesday 17th May 2022 – 19.24h – HM Coastguard tasked the Brigade, Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team and Blyth RNLI to check on the welfare of 2 people in the water near to St. Mary’s Island. The Lifeboat quickly arrived on scene and confirmed that the 2 members of the public were not in any difficulty and required no assistance. All rescue resources were stood down at 19.34h. 048/22 – Wednesday 18th May 2022 – 20.10h – As team members carried out training at our Watch House Museum, we were tasked by HM Coastguard to investigate a report of pollution at Fish Quay Sands, North Shields. Four team members made their way to the beach and provided photos and a verbal report to the Coastguard to be used for further investigation by their Counter Pollution Team. The Brigade was stood down at 20.35h.049/22 – Friday 20th May 2022 – 18.36h – HM Coastguard paged the Brigade, Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team and Cullercoats RNLI to assist with a police incident at Tynemouth. Brigade members quickly arrived on scene and supported Northumbria Police before one casualty was taken into their care. All rescue units were stood down at 19.10h. See MoreSee Less
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CALLOUT! 044/22 – Saturday 14th May 2022 – 16.07h – HM Coastguard paged the Brigade to support Northumbria Police in locating a 6 year-old child who had gone missing from Whitley Bay beach at around 15.55h. The first Brigade member on scene met up with the parent, who informed him that the child had been located by a member of the public further to the south. Brigade members then helped reunite the parent and child, with the family very grateful for the prompt and quick help and support they received. All rescue units were stood down at 16.30h. 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.