29.08.79 LOW HEAD, TAS 2200hrs
The first mate of a small trading vessel sighted lights going out over Bass Strait, and also tracked the lights on the ship’s radar. The object had flashing green and red lights and a white light which shone onto both the sea and the vessel. The object appeared to be initially stationary and then slowly moved to the NNE. Using a recently installed radar system (Furno [sic-Furuno] 68 mile), the object was tracked over a 15-20 minute period, giving an estimated speed of 250 nautical mph. The ship’s lookout and engineer also visually observed the object. According to contemporary press report, Launceston Airport reported no aircraft in the area at the time.
Reference for the above text is: Australian UFO Research Network Archives (1979):
UFOCAT PRN - NONE
Australia – Tasmania. Body of water is Bass Strait.
Low Head Latitude 41-04-00 S, Longitude 146-48-00 E (D-M-S) [populated place]
Bass Strait Latitude 39-20-00 S, Longitude 145-30-00 E [strait – Oceans (general)]
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