Courtesy of UFO Casebook
1984-Incident at Whaley Lake
Here is what happened to
myself and my best friend back in the summer of 1984. The interaction we experienced
took place on Whaley Lake in Holmes, New York (southern Dutchess County).
This event happened right
after one of the incidents at Indian Point Nuclear facility1,
which is about 30 miles southwest of our location. I and my best friend
decided to go out to look at stars as it was clear that night, so at dusk
8:30-ish we got in a small aluminum row boat powered by an electric motor and
set out across the lake towards the train tracks (1/3 mile east).
There was a lot of activity
in the sky such as heat lightning, planes and what sounded like the end of a
fireworks show far off in the distance the low thud type explosions. After
about a 20 minute ride in the boat, we were looking in opposite directions of
the sky and I saw a
searchlight scanning the railroad tracks on the south middle side of the lake
and told my friend who laughed and said I was seeing things. Then I told him
it was back and this time he saw it also, when we discovered there was no
sound and therefore no helicopter or plane for it to come from, we freaked
out, then it vanished.
I can estimate that the
distance from our boat to the railroad tracks that were "searched"
by this light was less than 200 feet more likely closer and bear in mind on a
lake at night we can hear people speaking in a normal voice across the lake
as sound carries and there are very few houses in that location. I remember
it as a white light and it was shinning down and moving as if it was
searching the tracks, then looking up and wondering where the hell it was
After we talked about this we
headed North between the big island (houses on it) and the tracks (further
North you go there are no houses on that side of the lake) about a 1/2 mile.
We passed the end of the island and continued North and saw an incredible bright
fluttering light that was about 15 to 20 feet above the tracks and
coming out of the woods and my immediate thought was "Oh, it's a
train," which quickly turned to fear as it stopped at the edge of the
tracks and the water and again not a sound at all.
So my friend and I turned off
the putt-putt motor as we called it and were wondering what the hell it was
and by now we were very scared (I was 19 and my friend was the same age),
after watching for a short while we decided to turn the motor (electric) [on] and headed right towards it , as soon as we
began to move it began to move directly towards us and before we met we
turned the boat around and retreated and the light did the same.
Now let me try to describe
the light. It was the
brightest thing I have ever seen and although it was stationary it was
in constant motion fluttering white amber green are the colors I recall, a sort of fireball more than
an object. We again headed towards the light and it again headed to
us, we chickened out again. At last we said let's go for it and see what
happens, and this time we met somewhere in the middle.
The light went around the
boat and I could not see it, and [I] asked
my friend where it was. At this time he was illuminated by a light and I could feel heat on my
back shoulder, and my friend cried out, "It's behind you." I
would estimate it was 15 feet behind the boat and about that same height off the water give or
take a few feet. I asked
my friend what he felt like as this light was still on him and he replied
almost in tears that it felt like every molecule in his body was being
We were terrified and I would
say from the time we saw the light flying down the train tracks until it
disappeared was 15 to 20 minutes , perhaps 5 minutes directly at the boat
fluttering around it. I just remember it being gone and only seeing a light;
my friend had a sense of a craft also.
Some other points are as
follows: this all happened not far from the island where we could hear people
talking and enjoying themselves on a nice summer night on the lake, and it
was as if no one saw it. We were maybe 1/3 of a mile away (at one point we
were yelling). We headed back to the lake house and when we got in the house
the light was on and the boom box was on and a tape was playing and it was
stuck, like repeating itself. There's no way we left either on as we had just
gotten in trouble with my stepfather who owns the house for going out and
leaving the lights on (no other family members were home). And then there's
the timeline: it was around midnight when we got home, yet we estimated that
the entire boat ride should have been 90 minutes and we left around 8:30 at
dusk maybe 8:45.
I am 41 years old and own and
operate a small masonry business. I have lost track of my friend since 1989-I
did locate him in the fall of 2006, and after not speaking for 17 years, he
answered the phone and within 15 minutes I got right to that interaction we
had and asked him to recall any and every detail. He did as if it was last
week. We both witnessed the exact same thing and were within 15 feet of it. We
have never reported this to any authorities and if I was alone I would be
convinced I was insane.
I have always considered
getting hypnotized to have a tape recording of perhaps more details but never
have. I have always tried to convince myself our timeline is off and no
missing time exists , but my friend who recalled more vivid details and exact
times is positive we were not out that long.
Source & References:
This reference: UFO Casebook: http://www.ufocasebook.com/whaleylake.html.
With thanks to UFO Casebook - B.J. for permission to post to this website.
#1 - Indian Point Nuclear facility:
UFOCAT PRN 122255,
2-URNS. Text: Guards see object w 10 or more lights in V-formation, 300'
wide, hover over Indian Pt Nuclear Power Plant Buildings for 15 min.
Date of occurrence: 06-14-1984
120573, 7-URNS. Text: Guards see multi-colored lights on huge V-shape object, larger
than a C-5A, over east gate, Reactor #3, Indian Pt Nuclear Power Plant.
Date of occurrence: 07-24-1984
#2 – In Raymond Fowler’s book “The Allagash Abductions” one of the
abductees describes the same sensation of being pulled apart, while in the
beam from the UFO. The missing time is also in the above text:
1) so at dusk 8:30-ish we got in a small aluminum
2) it was around midnight when we got home (3.5 hrs –CF-)
3) yet we estimated
that the entire boat ride should have been 90 minutes
SURE SOUNDS LIKE
AN ABDUCTION TO ME.-CF-
UFOCAT PRN – NONE
North America – United States, New York, southern
Whaley Lake Latitude 41-33-34 N, Longitude 73-39-45 W (D-M-S)
Holmes Latitude 41-31-24 N, Longitude 73-38-48 W