Sunderland Volunteer Life Brigade is a charity saving lives along Sunderland's coastal region. We are a registered charity and all our crews are volunteers.

As a volunteer maritime Search and Rescue service as well as Coastwatch, Sunderland Volunteer Life Brigade has been making Sunderland's coast a safer place for all users since 1877.

Our small but fascinating museum traces the history of the Volunteer Life Brigade from it's origin to the present day and is well worth a visit, you'll be made very welcome.



To help contain the spread of COVID-19, the Sunderland Volunteer Life Brigade had been temporarily stood down after the second lockdown period for the safety of the public and its staff.

As of the 4th of December, we have started a phased return to duties and the Coastwatch team will be standing single watchkeeper watches through the week.


Search and rescue restarted training on the 2nd December socially distancing to remain covid secure.