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Two boat fires reported around mouth of Merrimack River

No one was injured but two boats were destroyed in separate fires over a span of less than 26 hours over the weekend near Newburyport and Salisbury.

The first fire occurred at 7:30 a.m. Saturday when a 25-foot Grady-White boat caught fire in the mouth of the Merrimack River in Newburyport.

According to the Newburyport fire department, three people on the boat were rescued by good Samaritans.

The cause of the fire is undetermined. The boat was said to be a total loss.

The second fire occurred just after 9 a.m. Sunday, abut a mile out from the mouth of the Merrimack.


Two passengers in the boat were rescued by passers-by before being brought to the Salisbury harbormaster’s boat.

The 23-foot Penn Yan boat burned for about 20 minutes before sinking into the ocean, officials said.

There was no suspicious activity in either fire, and the two incidents aren’t linked.

Pat O’Rourke can be reached at pat.orourke@globe.com.