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

Tomorrow marks the return of Harbour Day in aid of Cullercoats RNLI!Our team will be carrying out a Rope Rescue demonstration between 11 and 12 in the morning – and there are lots of other events and stalls to visit and enjoy.With the weather set fair we hope you’re able to pop along and support one of our local Lifeboat Stations.Who heard our friends Steve and Karen at Metro Radio give Harbour Day a shout out this morning?! Thanks for the kind word guys! Just a gentle reminder that from 5am tomorrow, could you please keep the Brae area clear to help the crew and volunteers as they clean and set up for the big event! This will help keep our helm, and key Harbour Day organiser, Ben, happy. And we love a happy Ben! Can’t wait to see you all tomorrow! Let’s fill the beach! See MoreSee Less
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🏋‍♀️Drill Excersie🏋‍♂️Last night was one of our monthly ‘drill’ excersises. These types of trainings take the structure of real-time rescues but are covered in slow-time allowing our rescue operators, technicians and the Officer In Charge (OIC) to cover skills and methodologies in an applicable learning enviroment. Last night was a L&MP’s (Lost & Missing Person’s) drill. It took part in a rather muddy environment, making it a good challenge and providing good problem solving opportunities to the team.L&MP’s is a methodology used by PolSA and other agencies. Our in-house trainer TVLB10 trains and assesses our team members to a high standard ensuring that you or your family members are found when lost. 🔭🧭⛑️🚁🚑🤏 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.