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Looe lifeboat in memory of Ollie Naismith dedicated

Mr Naismith's sister, Toni Naismith, at ceremony
Image caption Mr Naismith's sister, Toni Naismith, took part in the naming ceremony

The family of a Cornish teenager who died in a car crash have taken part in a dedication ceremony for a new lifeboat named in his memory.

The Ollie Naismith, an RNLI D class inshore lifeboat based in Looe, was bought after £84,000 was raised through a public appeal.

Ollie Naismith, 19, from Looe, was killed in an accident in 2009.

The lifeboat entered service in November 2010 and has already helped 16 people, the RNLI said.

'Amazing generosity'

Ollie's mother, Maxine Naismith, said: "Ollie loved the sea and surfing.

"He was full of life and would be amazed to see his name on a lifeboat.

"This lifeboat has kept his memory alive for his dad, sister and me and for his many friends in the community of Looe.

"It makes me very proud to know a lifeboat bearing his name has already helped so many people."

The fundraising appeal raised more than twice the original target of £31,000.

The RNLI said the extra money had enabled it to buy a tractor and trailer for the lifeboat and fund its running costs "for many years to come".

David Haines, RNLI lifeboat operations manager at Looe, said: "We're delighted with this new inshore lifeboat, which has already launched 11 times and assisted 16 people.

"The Ollie Naismith is much faster than our last inshore lifeboat and is fitted out with high-tech navigation equipment.

"This ceremony [has provided] us with an opportunity to thank the public for their amazing generosity."

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