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! 011/22 – Thursday 20th January 2022 – 15.40h – HM Coastguard paged the Brigade to support Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team (Blyth Coastguards) in a joint response to a request for assistance from the North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust after an 84 year-old man had been hit by a wave and suffered a possible hip injury on a beach at Seaton Sluice.Brigade members worked alongside their colleagues from Blyth to keep the casualty warm and used some of our specialist first aid equipment to provide immediate pain relief. The Ambulance Service’s Hazardous Area Response Team were next to arrive and oversaw the safe transfer of the man to a stretcher before he was carried around 150 metres off the beach and through the sand dunes by Brigade members and Coastguard Rescue Officers. At this point the casualty was moved into an ambulance for onward transfer to hospital for further assessment and treatment.The area of beach where the man had been walking was particularly steep, and a large wave had caught him off guard leading to him losing his balance and falling over. With relatively large high tides predicted over the next few days we would urge all visitors to the coastline to be cautious and careful when in close proximity to the waters edge. We wish the gentleman a quick and speedy recovery from his injuries. If you see someone in difficulty at the coast, or if you end up in a perilous position or where you think you may need assistance, please always call 999 and ask for the Coastguard. See MoreSee Less
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CALLOUT! 010/22 – Tuesday 18th January 2022 – 16.48h – HM Coastguard paged the Brigade and South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade (SSVLB) to attend a multi-agency incident in Newcastle. After around 15 minutes of the first Brigade member arriving on scene, the casualty was taken to a place of safety and all rescue resources were stood down.If you see someone in difficulty at the coast, or if you end up in a perilous position or where you think you may need assistance, please always call 999 and ask for the Coastguard. 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.