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Lifeboat named after tragic Somerset teenager

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:

Clovelly lifeboat is officially named

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.

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Lifeboat named in memory of Cornwall student

A lifeboat was officially named in Clovelly today in memory of a young student.

Family and friends raised £174,000 towards the cost of the lifeboat. Credit: RNLI

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.

The boat was officially named by Toby's sister Philippa Credit: ITV News West Country

Princess Anne meets descendants of Clovelly mariners

Princess Anne meeting some of the descendants of the mariners lost in 1838. Credit: ITV West Country/Seth Conway

Princess Anne has unveiled a plaque at Clovelly, marking the death of 21 men in a sea disaster there in 1838. As well as speaking to the descendants of those mariners, and local fishermen, she is also meeting the Shipwreck Mariners Society's supporters and volunteers.

The charity began here in Clovelly after the 1838 tragedy and over 175 years has supported hundreds of thousands of mariners and their families in need.

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Latest pictures from Princess Anne's visit to Clovelly

Princess Anne in Clovelly Credit: ITV West Country/Seth Conway

Princess Anne walked down to the harbour along the famous cobbled street in Clovelly: a test for many due to its steepness and uneven surface.

Princess Anne visits the Clovelly donkeys. Credit: ITV West Country/Seth Conway

Princess Anne is a keen horsewoman and took great interest in the village donkeys that had transported goods up and down the steep sloped village for centuries. They are no longer working animals and are now used as a tourist attraction.

Princess Royal due in North Devon

Princess Anne is due to visit Clovelly and Barnstaple today Credit: PA

Princess Anne will be in North Devon today. The Princess Royal will be in Clovelly to open a fountain in honour of the Queen. She'll also unveil a plaque in remembrance of mariners who lost their lives near the town in the 19th century.

This afternoon she'll move on to Barnstaple to open a new play park.

Princess Anne to open fountain in North Devon

Princess Anne to open fountain in North Devon Credit: John Walton/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Princess Anne will be in North Devon today. The Princess Royal will be in Clovelly to open a fountain in honour of the Queen. She'll also unveil a plaque in remembrance of mariners who lost their lives near the town in the 19th century.

This afternoon she'll move on to Barnstaple to open a new play park.

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