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! 138/21 – Saturday 27th November 2021 – 09.50h – HM Coastguard paged the Brigade after Northumbria Police requested assistance with monitoring the coastal area between the mouth of the River Tyne and Whitley Bay as Storm Arwen created very dangerous conditions with large breaking waves and lots of flying debris.Brigade members were already on station at our Watch House Museum as they cleared up damage to the building caused by the storm, and also carried out pre-planned rescue equipment checks. The Brigade vehicle was deployed for around an hour and found that almost all members of the public had heeded the many warnings and kept away from coastal areas. At one point a report was received of up to 20 people entering the water at Tynemouth Longsands, but this was quickly established to be a false alarm with good intent.After returning to station to finish off the equipment checks, the team remained on standby until 12.30pm, at which point we were stood down by the Coastguard and members returned to their homes. See MoreSee Less
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Thanks so much to everyone who has checked in on us this morning. The Watch House is still here – we have some damage – but thankfully not too bad compared to many residents and businesses throughout the area.Please stay at home unless you must go out – we have been deployed operationally in the last hour to support Northumbria Police in keeping the coast clear – it really is very dangerous along here at the moment. 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.