Go Back Report # 1506

07-11-1981               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)


Encounter at the Pool


DATE: July 11, 1981 (Reported to the Center1, August 17, 1981)

TIME: 10:30 p.m. CDST

DURATION: 5˝ minutes

WITNESS: Camp Director

PLACE: Port Byron, Illinois


   Investigation is still in progress, but this case offers so much material for imagination and speculation that we present it ahead of schedule. The results of further investigation will be available in the next issue. In the meantime, can you suggest a simple explanation?

   The story:

The Girl Scouts have left camp for the day. It is late evening, and as the day camp supervisor, you are alone in the camp headquarters which also serve as your home. Your wife and two older children are away.

   Suddenly your dog sets up a warning barking. Intruders, no doubt. Through the trees that screen the camp swimming pool, you see bright lights. Unusual. Someone slipping in for a late night swim would hardly turn on the pool floodlights!

   You slip through the trees and into the clearing and an unobstructed view of the pool; the pool lights are not on. Instead, directly above the pool, and higher than the regular lights, is a brilliant light, bright enough to obscure its source. Suddenly, the lights go out. You hear a whirring noise that rises in pitch as it apparently rises into the sky.

   Gathering your wits, you turn on the pool lights. The water level is down by some 3 feet - 30,000 gallons of water are gone! You quickly trace a possible leak. All natural means of egress for the water are dry. Now you notice that the 24-hour pump is not running. Normally, it runs constantly unless manually cut off. Later you discover that there is no chlorine in the remaining water.

   Reader: What is the solution? Hoax? Hallucination? A real event? Investigation so far indicates a real event. The witness did not report the incident until a month had elapsed and then only because he was encouraged by a televised account of the Muscatine, Iowa sighting (included in this issue).

   Those acquainted with the UFO phenomenon will readily note that water and UFOs have more than a passing association. There appears to be a correlation between small bodies of water (reservoirs, small lakes) and the sighting of UFOs. In addition, UFOs have been reported lowering a tube into a body of water and sucking up a quantity of water.


Reference for the above text is: Magazine: Frontiers of Science, January-February 1982, Vol. 3, No. 6: Including the International UFO Reporter, pp. 11-12.


Note 1: Center for UFO Studies (CUFOS)


UFOCAT PRN – 190992

UFOCAT URN – 190992 UNICAT computer database by Willy Smith (820), #036, no © date. Based on: Magazine: Frontiers of Science, January-February 1982, Vol. 3, No. 6: Including the International UFO Reporter, pp. 11-12

UFOCAT URN – 216072 NICAP Category 4 - Animal Effects Cases by Joan Woodward, 07-15, © 2009


Note: There is a discrepancy between the location of the sighting given in the case text and what is given in UFOCAT. The case text says Port Byron. The 2 entries in UFOCAT have Joan Woodward’s with Port Byron and UNICAT’s entry with Byron and both indicating the county as Ogle, which is incorrect since only Byron is in Ogle County. UFOCAT gives the location of the UFO as 42.15, 89.28 = 42-08-60 N, 89-16-48 W – Ogle County.


North America – United States, Illinois

Port Byron   Latitude 41-36-23 N, Longitude 090-20-07 W (D-M-S) [populated place – Rock Island County]

Byron            Latitude 42-07-37 N, Longitude 089-15-20 W [populated place – Ogle County]

Reference: http://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/gnispublic/fp=154:1:1765846258792399

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