Go Back Report # 1472



Three Photos in Louisiana


   Encounters with a strange vacuum-cleaner-sounding object north of Baton Rouge on January 12th and 13th have resulted in two photographs and an interesting if eerie account by a Louisiana gentleman who prefers to remain anonymous. Two of the photos and enlargements of the portion showing the object are on this page [removed by me since they are not water-related (CF)].

   "It was around four in the afternoon when the strange object first caught my attention. I was sitting in my boat on the west side of Old River; the sky was overcast and it was typically cool for a January 12th in this part of Louisiana. It was quite by accident that I glanced to the east and saw the object approaching, almost in a straight line toward me. Instantly I thought of the camera I carry almost everywhere I go. I reached down, snatched it up, and by this time it was almost on top of me. But it didn't continue its course, for as I caught it in the viewfinder, it began a rather slow turn to the right. That's when I released the shutter and caught it at about a 45 degree angle. There was no time for a second shot; in about five seconds it had completed its turn and at a high rate of speed, disappeared into the east."

   That was how the first of three exceptionally detailed Polaroid pictures were taken. But the day wasn't over yet.


   Around 9 o'clock [9 p.m.] while checking his trout lines two miles south of the north end of Old River, the gentleman above heard an unusual sound, like a huge vacuum cleaner running full blast, but at a distance. He headed in the direction of the sound in his motorboat, unable to see anything because the night was pitch black. He couldn't hear the noise over the boat motor but when he shut it down, the vacuum noise was there again and much stronger than before. He turned the boat around and headed for camp. When he got back and stopped the motor, the sound was gone. He tried to get some sleep.

   The next morning he was on the lookout for the object. The first thing he noticed was an unusually large number of dead fish along the river bank. He had noticed dead fish before but not so many. He pointed out that his attention may have been drawn to them because the UFO sighting was still fresh in his mind as well as the eerie noise of the night before.


   Around 9 a.m. he decided to do some target shooting with his rifle. Taking his camera along, he started walking along the bank, keeping the river in sight. Not far from the camp, he heard what sounded like a million crows, "chattering like crazy," in a clump of trees across the river. He looked in the direction and there it was again, that same or a similar object, in the sky above the opposite bank. Again it appeared to move straight toward him, but this time it was further away. He got the camera up to his eye and waited for it to get closer. Then, when it began a turn as it had previously done, he snapped the picture, quickly pulled the exposed film out of the camera and snapped another. By the time the second shot was taken, the object had completed its turn and had risen "like an elevator," up into the overcast.


Reference for the above text is: APRO Bulletin, March-April 1967, p. 8, See:           

UFOCAT PRN – 69531
UFOCAT URN – 081524
APRO Bulletin, March-April 1967, p. 8  
UFOCAT URN – 071362 FSR (Flying Saucer Review), March/April 1971, p. 27, “A New FSR Catalogue: The effects of UFOs on animals, birds, and smaller creatures”       
UFOCAT URN – 069531
UFO Investigator, publication of NICAP, April 1971, p. 6          
UFOCAT URN – 032838 Computerized Catalog (N=3173), #2905 by L. Schoenherr, no © date
UFOCAT URN – 165887 *U* UFO Computer Database by Larry Hatch, # XXXXXX, © 2002      

North America – United States, Louisiana
Old River  
         Latitude 31-01-12 N, Longitude 091-44-54 W (D-M-S) [stream]         
Baton Rouge      Latitude 30-27-03 N, Longitude 091-09-16 W [populated place]       
Pointe Coupee   Latitude 30-44-04 N, Longitude 091-25-59 W [populated place]      

Reference: http://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/gnispublic/f?p=154:1:1765846258792399         

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