Looe lifeboat named after crash driver Ollie Naismith

Tori and Maxine Naismith
Image caption Ollie Naismith's sister Tori and mother Maxine were at the naming ceremony on Friday

A new lifeboat in the Cornish seaside town of Looe has been named after a local man who died in a car crash.

Ollie Naismith, who would have been 20 on Friday, died after his car hit a tree at Latchbrook on the A38 in December 2009.

An appeal by his family to fund a lifeboat in his name raised almost £70,000.

The Ollie Naismith will replace the present lifeboat, Regina Mary, which has been in service since 1992.

Ollie's mother Maxine said: "Where I can live I can see the sea so I know that the Looe crew train every Wednesday evening.

"I am now going to be able to look out of my window and see that boat, knowing it carries Ollie's name.

"It will bring a smile to my face. How many people in this world have a lifeboat named after them? Not many. It is amazing."

Dave Haines, RNLI operations manager at Looe, said: "Everyone has worked really hard to help raise the money for the new lifeboat and it's really exciting to know it's finally with us.

"Of course it's made all the more special because of who it is named after and I know Ollie Naismith will ensure we can continue our lifesaving work in the Looe area."

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