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:
a matter of six minutes last
Wednesday night Eric Meuser changed his mind
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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."
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."
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
URN – NONE News clip, Victoria
(B.C.) Colonist story by Klaus Muenter, May 2, 1974
URN – 078551 Canadian UFO Report, November
1974, News clip
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
URN – 176328 *U* UFO Computer Database by
Larry Hatch, # 11310© 2002
North America – Canada, British Columbia,
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)
Lake Latitude 48-52-00 N, Longitude 124-16-00 W
Island Latitude 49-30-00 N, Longitude 125-30-00 W
UFO Location (UFOCAT) Latitude
48.88 N, Longitude 124.22 W (D.%)