Boating Accident in Topsail Beach

NOVEMBER 12, 2005 -- A high school senior working on a class project ended up catching a dramatic boat fire on tape.

Austin Hall, a Hoggard High School student, shot video of a boat on fire Saturday near Figure Eight Island. That power sailboat named "Double Trouble" belonged to Joe Thorn of Wilmington.

The fire started when the boat's engine exploded. Plumes of smoke could be seen from beaches stretching from Topsail Island to Wrightsville Beach.

Thorn managed to jump into the water where he was rescued by a passing boater. He wasn't hurt.

Reported by Nicole Ferguson