Go Back Report # 1073


       In the early months of 1974 there were other reports in the U.S. press of fiery UFOs but none was more dramatic than this Victoria (B.C.) Colonist story by Klaus Muenter dated May 2:            

“YOUBOU---In a matter of six minutes last Wednesday night Eric Meuser changed his mind about UFOs.    

       He no longer is a sceptic because what he, his wife, Rita and the couple's two sons, Roger, 16 and Ralph, 18, saw no argument can ever wipe from his mind. The picture is still as vivid and unshakeable as a sunrise or a sunset at Sasenoos Bay, Youbou, where the couple owns a motel at the shore of Cowichan Lake.

       It is a quiet spot. Some of the mountains one can almost touch; others are a scenic backdrop of a beautiful landscape which is dominated by the large expanse of the lake.

       Wednesday night it was not different. It was peaceful leaving his trailer home at the motel site at about 11 p.m. to lock the office; Meuser had his customary look at the night sky to get an idea what the weather would be like the next day.

       Momentarily he froze. High in the sky through an opening of the cloud layer he saw what he had seen many times during the war---a burning aircraft. "My gosh, one of the large airliners on its way to Alaska or Japan is on fire!" flashed through his mind.

       For a few seconds he watched the spectacle and as the fiery, tumbling object, emitting a flaming substance, zeroed in on his property he ran to the trailer to get his wife and sons out. Seconds later the whole family stood and stared.

       The object was still thumbing towards them, growing bigger as it plunged towards the ground, when suddenly beneath the layer of broken clouds which touched the 3,000-foot mountains behind the motel it stopped over the lake.

       There were three very bright masses of orange lights spaced in a triangular shape, Meuser recalled, and his son, Ralph, remarked, "You could not have missed them even if you were blind." Tilted at a slight angle, the lights rotated and although no forms could be distinguished---"not even with binoculars" ---it was something very large to which those lights were attached.

       Four more times a flaming substance streamed down but before it reached the lake surface it went out. There was no noise from the hovering object, Meuser said.

       While the family stared in disbelief at the phenomenon, the object suddenly began to move slowly. "At first it moved so slowly that we were not aware of any movement until the lights grew smaller," said Ralph. While it disappeared to the east Meuser phoned the RCMP but nothing was observed by them.

       "I have never believed that they existed and laughed at people who told me that they had seen a UFO. My hair stood straight up---it was out of this world," Meuser said.”

Curious to see just where this remarkable incident occurred, we motored to Youbou and spoke to Mr. and Mrs. Meuser.          

       "We thought at first it was going to hit us," Meuser said. "It was tumbling down in a steep spiral and looked as if it was out of control. I saw many planes shot down during the war and that's exactly what this thing looked like."     

       "Our first instinct was to run away," his wife added. “But then we thought, no, we've run enough. We'll stay right here and see what happens."         

       Obviously at that moment their minds were flashing back to fearful memories of war. No doubt it occurred to them they were watching the first terrible sign that another great war had started. In that instant an awful fear was their immediate and overwhelming reaction.                   
This reference: Our UFO Visitors by John Magor, pp. 25-27, © 1977   

UFOCAT PRN - 78551

UFOCAT URN – NONE    News clip, Victoria (B.C.) Colonist story by Klaus Muenter, May 2, 1974

UFOCAT URN – 078551 Canadian UFO Report, November 1974, News clip

UFOCAT URN – 096005 Our UFO Visitors by John Magor, pp. 25-27, © 1977

UFOCAT URN – 135905 A Geo-Bibliography of Anomalies by George Eberhart, #0030, © 1980

UFOCAT URN – 176328 *U* UFO Computer Database by Larry Hatch, # 11310© 2002        

North America – Canada, British Columbia,

Sasenoos Bay  Unable to locate in any gazetteer or through a Google search-CF-

Youbou                        Latitude 48-52-00 N, Longitude 124-12-00 W (D-M-S)

Cowichan Lake            Latitude 48-52-00 N, Longitude 124-16-00 W

Vancouver Island         Latitude 49-30-00 N, Longitude 125-30-00 W

Reference: http://geonames.nrcan.gc.ca/index_e.php           

UFO Location (UFOCAT) Latitude 48.88 N, Longitude 124.22 W (D.%)


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