Go Back Report # 1596

09-15-1996      Professional English translation follows French text    

15 septembre. FRANCE, St Seurin d'Izet [sic – Saint-Seurin-d’Uzet]. Un témoin digne de foi observa en fin d'après-midi (dimanche) quelque chose qui tombe du ciel: “J'étais dans le jardin lorsque j'ai vu cet objet bizarre. Ce ressemblait à tout et à rien. Je ne pense pas que ce soit une aile volante. Un ULM ou un objet bricolé peut-être, mais il n'y avait pas de bruit de moteur. L'objet descendait à la verticale dans un silence impressionnant.” L'homme retourne dans la maison chercher une paire de jumelles pour mieux observer cette chose tombée dans l'estuaire de la Gironde. “La paire de jumelles n'est pas très puissante mais elle a tout de même permis de bien voir l'objet au niveau de l'eau. Une personne se trouvait là. Certains disent qu'ils étaient deux. Personnellement je n'ai vu qu'un homme. Dès qu'il a touché l'eau, une sorte de bateau pneumatique de survie rouge-orangé s'est gonflé à ses pieds. C'était tout rond. L'homme est resté debout et cette étrange embarcation s'est déplacée.” Le témoin de cette scène bizarre s'étonne de ce que l'embarcation évolue à contre courant. Reprenant ses jumelles après un instant de pause, il ne voit plus rien et prévient les secours. Malgré des recherches assez importants, aucun indice n'a permis d'expliquer cette vision.           

(Phenomena, no. 34 de 1997, p. 21) source: Catalogue de cas ovnis 1980-1997, Godelieve Van Overmeire   

September 15. France, St. Seurin d’Izet
[sic – Saint-Seurin-d’Uzet]. A credible witness observed late in the afternoon (Sunday) that something fell from the sky. “I was in the garden when I saw this strange object. It was like everything and nothing. I don’t think it was a hang-glider. A ULM or a do-it-yourself object maybe, but there was no engine noise. The object descended vertically in an impressive silence.” The man goes back home to get a pair of binoculars in order to better observe this thing which has fallen into the Gironde estuary. “The pair of binoculars isn’t very powerful but it still allows me to see the object in the water. Someone was there. Some people say that there were two. Personally I saw only one man. As soon as it hit the water, a kind of survival rubber dinghy, reddish-orange in color, inflated at his feet. It was very round. The man remained standing and this strange craft moved.” The witness of this strange scene is surprised that the craft moves against the current. Taking up his binoculars after a moment’s pause, he sees nothing more and calls for help. Despite rather important research, no clues have made it possible to explain this sighting.   

(Phenomena, No. 34, 1997, p. 21) source: Catalogue of UFO Cases 1980-1997, Godelieve Van Overmeire
[Belgian ufologist]        

Reference for the above text is: Website: http://www.anakinovni.org/19962.htm

Note: ULM refers to a flexwing microlight flyer; a small low-speed lightweight aircraft.          

ALSO

On This Day: September 15    

1996 – St. Seurin D'Uzet, Charente Maritime department, France. At around 8:00 p.m. a witness was standing in his garden when he saw a bizarre object, which descended until it touched down of the surface of the Gironde River. Using a pair of binoculars, from about 200-300 meters away, he saw a figure suddenly appears, along with what resembled an inflatable orange raft at the being's feet. The being then began to float against the current on the orange "raft". At the same time there was a reported power blackout in the area. (Sources: Lumières dans la Nuit, issue 340; Phenomena, issue # 34, Sud Ouest newspaper.)   

Reference for the above text is:
Website: ufoinfo.com: On This Day:         
http://www.ufoinfo.com/onthisday/September15.html          

Sud Ouest newspaper is the second regional daily in France in terms of circulation. It was founded in August 1944.

UFOCAT PRN – NONE

Europe – France, Poitou-Charentes    
Saint-Seurin-d’Uzet   Latitude 45-30-07 N, Longitude 000-50-02 W (D-M-S) [populated place]          
Gironde                     Latitude 45-35-38 N, Longitude 001-03-58 W [estuary] 
Reference: http://geonames.nga.mil/ggmaviewer/    

The Gironde is a navigable estuary (often falsely referred to as a river) in southwest France and is formed from the meeting of the rivers Dordogne and Garonne just below the centre of Bordeaux. Covering around 635 km2 (245 sq mi), it is the largest estuary in western Europe. The Gironde is approximately 65 km (40 mi) long and 3–11 km (2–7 miles) wide.        
Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gironde_estuary       





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