06-12-1981 MISSING WATER
NOTE: To date, I have no cases in my files where a UFO has been seen drawing water from a water tower, water tank or swimming pool. It would be speculative to suggest that a UFO drew water from these storage areas when no UFO was seen in the vicinity, and even when a UFO was seen, it would not necessarily imply that it was responsible for the loss of the water. However, given the rapid emptying of these large storage facilities, it is still worth recording these cases for possible future file use. (CF)
SOUTH TEXAS VEHICLE EFFECTS CASES
By James M. Hill
(MUFON State Section Director)
(Note: This story is adapted from Mr. Hills investigation reports to MUFON which are slightly edited for narrative purposes. Both cases1 occurred in South Texas just west of Corpus Christi.)
Mr. Robert Gomez, a vacuum truck driver for a firm in Alice, Texas, was headed west on FR 665 toward Alice on June 12, 1981. He had just finished a job, leaving approximately 165 gallons of water in the tank on the back of his truck and zero pressure in the tank. The sky was cloudy and it had rained earlier. He turned the radio on.
About 2:10 p.m. he noticed a bright object that he first thought was an airplane, until it increased in brilliance and stopped in midair. The object was disc-shaped and brilliant white, with a dark ring around the outer perimeter and a dark inner ring around its center. It also had a slight cap on top.
Gomez then noticed that the truck started to slow down, so he pressed the accelerator trying to pick up speed. The exhaust stacks were blowing smoke but the truck seemed to be about a foot off the road. His AM radio had stopped playing but his CB was working, so he called his dispatcher to report the incident. Afterwards, the UFO went back into the clouds and disappeared.
When he arrived back at his shop, he noticed that the AM radio was playing again. When he got out of the truck, the maintenance man told him that it looked like the back of the truck was smoking at the valve. Mr. Gomez noticed that there was now 55 pounds of pressure indicated on the gauge, so he opened up the valve to drain the remaining water, but there was no water. All that came out was steam.
The sighting is still under investigation.
Reference for the above text is: MUFON UFO Journal, #167, January 1982, p. 8.
Note 1: Second case deleted as it has no bearing on the first case.
UFOCAT PRN 118750
UFOCAT URN 157679 Project 1947 website by Mark Cashman, no date
North America United States, Texas, Jim Wells
Alice Latitude 27-45-08 N, Longitude 098-04-11 W (D-M-S)
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