Multiple close-in objects in Louisiana sighting
HONEY ISLAND SWAMP On Jan. 13, 2002, Joe and Linda Montaldoy were driving in the swamp that includes Stennis NASA Test Site near Pearl River. They entered near sunset and drove in eleven miles, noticing the last of the hunters driving out about 5:45 PM, so they decided to leave.
They report: "As we got close to the gate a very bright, circular, strobing light appeared behind the trees to our left in the south. As it came over the tree line we got out of the car to watch it. We judged from the height of the microwave tower we could see that it was about 1500 feet high. It continued in our direction and passed directly over our car.
"We could plainly see that it was a triangular-shaped black object with an amber-colored globe in the center, a red light at its front point and a white light at each of its back points. It was about the size of a commercial jet. We only viewed it for a few minutes because the road is narrow and trees line both sides. We left the swamp and were headed back to 1-59.
"As we approached the ramp to the interstate we saw that it had stopped over the swamp and was hovering in place. Because we are involved with MUFON, we called our State Director on our cell phone.
"The craft now turned back and headed southwest toward Pearl River. We could tell by the way it was headed that it would pass directly over a dead-end road we had been on before, so we drove to the end of this road. We got out of the car and spotted it moving very slowly at maybe 800 feet high. We were reporting over the phone.
"It stopped, turned on its axis, and headed back in our direction and passed directly over us as we stood outside our car. There was absolutely no sound except the barking of some dogs in a nearby yard. We got back in the car and followed it down the road. It was no more than 500 or 600 feet over us and was moving very slowly. We were driving only about 20 mph and it stayed right in front and over us.
"At this point it was hard to tell it [sic-if] we were following it or it was staying with us. When we reached the end of the road, the object headed south-southeast. We noticed two planes cross right over it at a much higher altitude. As we got back to the interstate the object began to gain altitude and speed. It was headed towards the Pirate Harbor area. We lost sight of it on the interstate, so we decided to get off I-10 and go to Pirates Harbor Road.
"We drove down this road 5 or 6 miles and came to an open area. On one side of the road are camps, and on the other side marsh. We could see the craft over the marshes. It appeared to be tipped over on its side. I could see no lights; I believe I was looking at the top of it.
"It was like a black shape against the stars. Before, it had been traveling like a flat triangle shape, and we could see only the bottom of it. As I watched, it seem[ed] to flip over on its other side and I could see the bottom of it. Sort of like a car would flip and first you would see the hood and roof, then you would see the underside and tires. Then it righted itself, but continued to wobble.
"It was headed south-southeast toward the Ringlets [sic-Rigolets] Pass, which was about three miles from where we were. The Ringlets [sic] Pass is a deep-water channel that eventually leads into the Gulf of Mexico. We had to speed up to keep it in sight, but it was slowly losing altitude. When we got to the Ringlets [sic] Bridge, we could see it had come down into the marsh.
"We couldn't tell if it was in the water or above the water. Now it was lit up with bright white lights all along the edge of it. We came off the bridge and pulled into the Fort Pike boat launch. We got out of our car and called our State Director back on the cell phone. The object was over the water about 100 to 200 yards from us.
"To the right of us in the north, a brilliant white light came into view. It was just above tree level, about 300 to 400 feet high and moving very slowly. It would move a little and then come to a complete stop. There was a beam of light coming from under it, making a searching pattern. As we watched, it started to move toward where we were standing. The light turned off, and it passed directly over us. There was no sound. We could clearly see that it was a triangular shape with a red light in the front, white lights on both back points, and an amber light in the middle. It was the same type of craft that was in the water, but much smaller.
"As it passed over us it made a circle toward the west and came back around. Several times it came to a complete stop. When it was back to the spot it had started from, it started to circle again. This time it was lower, maybe 200 to 250 feet, and moving more in the direction of the downed craft. Again very slow movement and several complete stops.
"As we stood watching, we saw another craft light up from the exact spot the first one had started. Craft #2 was moving in the same path and at the same speed and altitude as craft #1. As #2 passed over us we could see that it was another triangular craft with a red light in front, two white lights in back, and an amber globe in the middle, only this craft had two rows of white lights running down the center of its underside. There were six lights in each row, and they were either next to the globe or over it.
"A third craft now showed up in the exact spot as the other two. It made the same slow, stopping movements and circle as the other two. As it passed over us we could see it was again a triangular craft with the same lights, red in front, white in back, and amber globe in the middle. The only difference in this one was that it sent out a beam of light from the front point for about 200 feet. The beam tilted downward, but not far enough to reach the ground.
"Now the three crafts were moving in an extremely slow circle in the sky. They would stop completely and then move again. We were still on the phone with our State Director, and at this time he told us we should get out of there.
"We took a last look, and to the south an object was coming our way. We could not see the shape of this object. All we could see was a row of very bright lights. There were six lights, three lights a space, and then three more. They were extremely bright, and they seemed to be blinking on very, very fast. So fast that you couldn't really tell when one went off and the one next to it came on. They were flashing and strobing so quickly that we couldn't really focus on them.
"Something caught our attention, and we turned around and realized that the craft in the water had changed. The white lights around its edge were now red. Then it simply went under the water and disappeared. At the same moment they all just disappeared. One moment there were four crafts in the sky and one in the water and the next there was nothing.
"We got in our car and made a rather speedy departure. Almost as soon as we were on the road, a triangular craft, red light in front, white lights in back, amber in the center, appeared to our left over the trees. At the same time car lights shone right behind us on bright beam.
"As the triangle flew over us, the car engine started to cough and felt like it was going out, the lights on the car flickered on and off, and the cell phone started to ring, but it said dead cell and went blank. All this happened in an instant.
"The triangle flew over us at about 100 feet, heading east to west, and disappeared. The car behind us passed at a very high speed and we saw that the plate said U.S. Government. We both got a headache almost immediately. The headache was extremely painful. It felt like an immense pressure in our head and behind our eyes. Our eyes were burning. There was also a feeling of being ill. The incident took place between 5:45 and 8:30 PM." Thanks to Joe and Linda Montaldoy
Reference for the above text is: MUFON UFO Journal, #407, March 2002, pp. 15-16. Filer's Files: Worldwide Reports of UFO Sightings.
UFOCAT PRN - 225353
UFOCAT URN 225353 MUFON UFO Journal, #407, March 2002, pp. 15-16. Filer's Files: Worldwide Reports of UFO Sightings
North America United States, Louisiana, St. Tammany
Honey Island Latitude 30-13-02 N, Longitude 089-38-59 W (D-M-S) [island]
Pearl River Latitude 30-10-46 N, Longitude 089-31-34 W
Fort Pike Latitude 30-09-18 N, Longitude 089-44-10 W
Gulf of Mexico Latitude 29-11-13 N, Longitude 089-56-12 W [county Lafourche]
Rigolets Pass Latitude 30-09-16 N, Longitude 089-37-31 W [gut1]
Fort Pike Bridge2 Latitude 30-10-17 N, Longitude 089-43-58 W [also known as Rigolets Bridge]
Pirate Harbor: I was unable to locate anything in Louisiana under Pirate other than Pirate Point, which is very close to the general area.
Pirate Point Latitude 29-59-59 N, Longitude 089-23-52 W
North America United States, Mississippi, Hancock
NASA Test Site Latitude 30-22-01 N, Longitude 089-36-30 W (D-M-S) [John C. Stennis Space Center]
Note #1: gut: Relatively small coastal waterway connecting larger bodies of water or other waterways (creek, inlet, slough).
Note #2: The Fort Pike Bridge (also known as the Rigolets Bridge) carries U.S. Route 90 across the Rigolets on the eastern side of Lake Pontchartrain between New Orleans and Slidell, Louisiana
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