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Presenter Gray in QE2 boat rescue

Muriel Gray rescue/Pic: Universal News and Sport
Muriel Gray had sailed out to watch the QE2 on its farewell journey/Pic:

Broadcaster Muriel Gray and her family had to be rescued when their boat sank as they watched the QE2 in Greenock on its farewell tour of the UK.

Ms Gray, along with her husband and son and four others, were pulled from the River Clyde after the 24ft cruiser Eilleanach began taking on water.

A nearby military vessel pulled them to safety and they were then handed over to a Strathclyde Police launch.

The QE2 will sail into retirement as a floating hotel in Dubai.

Television and radio presenter Ms Gray was reportedly on the boat with her husband Hamish Barbour, her nine-year-old son Angus, nephew Ryan, aged 8, her sister-in-law and two friends.

A Strathclyde Police spokesman said: "Whilst in attendance at the QE2 event in Greenock a small cabin cruiser with five adults and two children on board started to sink.

"They were uplifted by military personnel and handed over to the Strathclyde Police marine unit.

"The children were treated for slight exposure and the adults were treated for shock by paramedics."

Clyde Coastguard said the group were all wearing lifejackets.

The 70,000-tonne QE2 left Liverpool on Friday and will visit Belfast and Edinburgh before arriving in her home port of Southampton next week.

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