A UFO OFF VAASA
Date: A Sunday in September 1980
Time: 9 pm
Place: The sea off Västerhankmo in Mustasaari
Witnesses: Åke Hurin, Kurt Bergfors
Nature of sighting: Saucer-shaped glowing ball at sea
This incident took place on a Sunday evening [7th, 14th, 21st, 28th] in September 1980, but so far the exact date is unknown. There were two witnesses, one close to the object, and the other one about a kilometre away. The time was a few minutes past 9 pm, the evening was dark with a clear and calm weather and with a temperature of +10 degrees C [50 °F]. The site was the sea off Västerhankmo in Mustasaari.
Åke Hurin, a car mechanic, had been on a Sunday evening fishing trip with a friend, Kurt Bergfors. After they had finished fishing, they went for a cup of coffee in Bergfors' villa. At about 9 pm Hurin decided to head for home in his boat, and Bergfors watched his journey from the shore. As it was dark, Hurin switched on the two strong headlights he had in his boat. After driving a kilometre or so, while passing the Osterören point, he noticed a bright light closing in from the right. He thought it was a tug, a big boat or the like with a headlight on top. He slowed down to about three knots in order to give the boat right of way. He went on in this manner for three or four minutes, but the light was still coming straight towards him, although he was unable to see the usual sidelights of the "boat". Now he began to be afraid of a collision and turned off his lights, stopped his engine, and at the same time turned the boat heavily to the right.
The object (or light) was at that time so close that he bent his body away, as he thought "it was coming straight at him". He felt heat radiation, but there was no audible sound in the glowing object. Though he had turned his lights off, the object was shining so brightly that he could see the gallon paraffin canister in the bow of his boat and also the piers of Osterören. He judged the diameter of the object to be about 1.5 metres and its height from the sea level to about three or four metres. About its shape he could only say that it was a circle of light, which in addition radiated heat, and sort of vibrated. It had an orange colour. The object was never directly above, but at an angle of maximum 70 degrees.
Thereafter the object disappeared, but Hurin cannot tell in any specific detail how this came about. It just disappeared. After it had left, he tried, after some time had passed (how long, he could not say), to start the engine, but he had difficulties with this. When it finally did start, he went on his journey, but he seemed to have been in a state of mild shock, as he believed he was far away from his real position and wandered about for a long time until he knew where he was. Normally he should have been at home at about 9.30 pm, now he arrived as late as 11.30.
He did not tell anyone about the matter until a few days had passed. His friend, Kurt Bergfors, discussed the incident when meeting Åke Hurin the next time. He had not been aware of the fact that Bergfors had been watching the incident on the shore.
Bergfors had remained on the shore in front of his villa to watch Åke Hurin leave. He noticed the light which approached Hurin. The object was coming from the direction of Värlax-Köklot. Bergfors saw the object approaching, and he also noticed that it was a glowing object moving quite high. When it reached Hurin it descended to about 150 metres and remained stationary. The object remained there for about five minutes. It was glowing and vibrated (heat vibration?), having a saucer-shape. Bergfors judged it to be about three metres in diameter. He also saw Hurin switch off the lights of his boat and heard the engine stop. Bergfors began to be afraid that the object also might approach him, so he turned off the lights in his villa. When the object left, it first ascended turning into a zeppelin-shape, and then it returned in the same direction as it had arrived. When the object had disappeared, he looked at his watch, and the time was 9.15 pm. He thought there would be something written about it in the newspapers. Later on he was surprised to hear how Hurin got perplexed of the sighting.
The investigator's comments:
The investigator heard about the incident indirectly in autumn 1980, but it was impossible for him to contact the witnesses at once. The first interview with Hurin took place on 30 December 1980, and the same day he interviewed Bergfors through telephone. He re-interviewed Hurin 2 January 1981, when he discovered some further details. No newspaper stories of the incident were found.
Åke Hurin’s boat is open, 6 metres long, and has a petrol-operated inboard engine. The engine develops 40 hp, has four cylinders, and is four-stroke, water-cooled, which results in a very low noise. With this engine the boat runs six to seven knots. The lights are extra headlights of a car. In addition to the paraffin canister, there was a power saw and a box used for storing nets in the bow of the boat. The heavy evasion left the canister jammed between the power saw and the net-box, which left marks in the canister. No other visible marks of the incident exist. The following day Hurin had difficulties in keeping his balance, which he at first could not connect with the incident. Being terrified of his experience, he got a gun in order to be able to defend himself in future incidents, if there should be any.
Translation from Finnish by Veikko Rekunen.
Reference for the above text is: Nordic UFO Newsletter 2/1982, pages 5-8.
With thanks to Ole Jonny Brænne for finding and forwarding the article to me (CF).
UFOCAT PRN – 120295
UFOCAT URN – 120295 APRO Bulletin, May 1981, p. 5
UFOCAT URN – 192461 UNICAT computer database by Willy Smith (820), #548, no © date
UFOCAT URN – 175044 *U* UFO Computer Database by Larry Hatch, # XXXXXX, © 2002
UFOCAT URN – NONE UFORFinland
UFOCAT URN – NONE Nordic UFO Newsletter, 2/1982, pages 5-8
Europe – Finland, Pohjanmaa. The body of water is the Gulf of Bothnia.
Vaasa Latitude 63-06-00 N, Longitude 021-36-00 E (D-M-S) [seat of a first-order administrative division]
Västerhankmo Latitude 63-13-00 N, Longitude 021-51-00 E [populated place]
Mustasaari Latitude 63-07-00 N, Longitude 021-43-00 E [populated place]
Värlax Latitude 63-18-00 N, Longitude 021-44-00 E [island]
Köklot Latitude 63-17-00 N, Longitude 021-40-00 E [populated place]
Österören point Unable to locate
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