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A couple from Somerset, whose son took his own life as a student, are hoping to save dozens of lives in his name.
Chris and Debbie Rundle from Williton were determined to turn their son Toby's death into something positive.
They raised more than a £170,000 towards the cost of a new lifeboat, which took to the waters off Clovelly in North Devon for the first time this weekend.
Richard Lawrence reports:
The newly named Atlantic class inshore lifeboat Toby Rundle took to the water of Clovelly on Saturday.
The lifeboat has been funded by a fundraising appeal started four years ago by the family and friends of Somerset student Toby Rundle.
More than £174,000 was raised towards the cost of the lifeboat in memory of Toby who died in 2009 as he was starting his third and final year of studies at Oxford University. He was the only son of journalists Chris and Debbie Rundle.
Crewed by RNLI volunteers, the Toby Rundle went into service officially on 6 May and on Saturday Philippa Rundle, Toby’s sister, officially named her in front of over a hundred of his close family and friends.
A lifeboat was officially named in Clovelly today in memory of a young student.
The 'Toby Rundle' went into service at the beginning of May, after friends and family raised nearly 2 hundred thousand pounds towards the cost. Today the boat was officially named by Toby's sister.