Go Back Report # 1614

04-17-1978

Three Ocean Sightings         

Three reports of UFO encounters by ocean-going vessels have come into headquarters which are presented here.         

Our next case [This is # 2, others are LL-1952~EE-1953, UNDATED 3] comes from George Balanos, APRO Representative for Greece, and is considered to be a most unusual report.       

April 17, 1978           

   Sighting aboard M/V "Sames Storm," Greek Merchant Navy.          
   Position: 435 miles east of Bermuda (31°55' North long., 56°20' West lat.)          
   Course: 256°
   Date and local time: April 17, 1978, 01:30.
   Witnesses: Kolokythas, Angelos, 3rd Officer, Greek; Fiallos, Hilbertro, sailor, probably Argentinian (not sure about the spelling of his first name). 
   Narrator: Kolokythas, Angelos. He signed his original report and permits his name to be used.    
   Investigator: Balanos, George. A.P.R.O. representative for Greece.            

   Note: Compare with "Ship's crew sees UFO" in APRO Bulletin, May 1978, Vol. 26. No. 11.   

   Witness Kolokythas was on the bridge with Fiallos. The weather was moderate and very slightly cloudy. The moon was (probably) low above the horizon. The speed of the ship was 17.5 miles per hour.        
   Quite suddenly the whole ship was illuminated by something like a very strong searchlight. They could not see the source as it was over them. A few seconds later the 3rd Officer looked out and up and had time enough to see the source or part of
it. It was just a circle of bright white light. Though he cannot be sure of its distance, he thinks it was no bigger than 5 meters (15 feet) in diameter. 
   The round light was in fact a sort of searchlight, only
it had no beam of light. The "beam" was made up out of countless bright points that were slowly coming down like tiny snowflakes. The color of the light points was white, very bright but not bright enough to hurt the eyes. At the same time a complete silence prevailed on the ship. They could hear nothing, even the sound of the engines. They tried to talk but could not hear their own voices. The radar was out at the time and as far as they can say, there were no electrical or mechanical disturbances of any sort.      
   The slowly falling light points had a very weird effect on their surroundings. The whole ship was as bright as day and every color looked very intense and lively. The light had an even stranger effect. On whatever one looked at, if it was in profile, [it] had a very dark layer around it about one or two inches thick. Around that dark layer there was a very thin but intensely bright line, like a thinner outer layer. That second outer layer was extremely bright, like that of an electric arc, but still it was not hurting the eyes.         
   The whole incident took about 8 to 10 seconds. A few seconds before the end, the 3rd Officer looked out and up and saw the bright circle I mentioned above. The bright points were coming from it and the only difference one saw by looking at the source was that the bright points were denser as they were coming out. On the whole, it looked like a searchlight with a beam of bright dust and not light.           
   The light was turned off as suddenly as it had come on and again without any sound. After that nothing could be seen in the sky. They checked their compass and saw that
it was oscillating right and left about 12° from the proper course. It kept on acting like that for 5 to 10 minutes and then it became normal again. There were no other aftereffects. Only the main witness confessed that he was highly terrified and could not sleep well for a week afterward.       
   Also, the next day, at about 14:00, a four-engined propeller-driven plane approached the ship, flying very low. It made a turn around and in front of the ship and flew away. It was not a Coast Guard plane. Though the witness is not absolutely sure,
it was a USAF plane. The crew wondered about what it was looking for.       

Reference for the above text is: The APRO Bulletin, December 1978, p. 6. 

UFOCAT PRN – 110316        
UFOCAT URN – 110316 The APRO Bulletin, December 1978, p. 6        

Location: Atlantic Ocean         
435 miles east of Bermuda (31°55' North long., 56°20' West lat.)     





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