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 for the safety of the public and its staff.

As of the beginning of June, we have started a phased return to duties and the Coastwatch team are currently standing single watchkeeper watches through the week.


Search and rescue are preparing to get back to training and we will be putting updates on this page as things happen.

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Our supporters include:

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