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Weymouth boat named in memory of Royal Marine James Wright

Marine James Wright
Image caption He was the fifth member of 42 Commando Royal Marines to be killed in action in Afghanistan

A maritime charity has named a boat in memory of a Royal Marine from Dorset killed by a grenade in Afghanistan.

The Maritime Volunteer Service (MVS) has called its new rigged inflatable after James Wright from Weymouth who died in Helmand on 5 August 2011.

The boat was named during a ceremony at Wey Valley School, where Marine Wright had been a pupil.

A minute's silence was held at the event attended by his family, school friends, and 40 Royal Marines.

Rob Chick, head of the MVS at Weymouth, said: "By displaying his name on our sea going rib, we will keep his name alive for years to come in the public eye."

The volunteer service provides support on the sea to the emergency services and the Weymouth Harbour Master.

Marine Wright, 22, died in hospital after a grenade was thrown into his patrol's checkpoint.

A full military funeral was held at St John's Church in Weymouth.

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