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Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade

Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade is a voluntary coastal rescue service. The Brigade has expertise in cliff rescue, breeches buoy and search and rescue and works closely with HM Coastguard, RNLI and the emergency services.

Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade was founded in 1864 after the passenger steamer SS Stanley was wrecked on the Black Middens, a set of rocks off the north bank of the Tyne. The Brigade’s watch house was built overlooking these rocks. It contains a range of artefacts and pictures detailing the Brigade’s history and is open to the public.

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