Sindbad the Sailor, Report No. 3
The account is taken from Lumières dans la Nuit (Contact Lecteurs), Series 3, No. 5 of
A lady correspondent of Lumières dans la Nuit recently found out about these happenings
when she had the opportunity to spend some time at the Mediterranean French
fishing-port of Le Brusc, in the dept. of Var (southeastern France,
between Marseilles1 and Nice). She was able to interview some of
the men involved, having won their confidence, but only on condition that
their names [not be] revealed.
were three of us, out in two boats. I was alone in my boat and my two
companions were in theirs. It was eight years ago, on the night of August 1, 1962, and between
11:00 and 11:30 p.m. It was a very fine night, with a starry sky, a slight
wind, and the sea quite calm. Suddenly, at about 300 metres from me, I saw a
large metallic body, elongated in shape, and with a sort of chimney or turret
in the middle. It seemed to be moving along slowly on the surface of the sea.
Then finally it stopped. I said to my companions in the other boat: ‘A
submarine has surfaced over there quite close to us. It doesn't seem to worry
the others replied: 'It must be a foreign sub. It's a model that I don't
know.' Then there was some disturbance and waves around the submarine, and I
was able to make out some frogmen coming out of the sea and climbing up onto
the craft. We shouted to them. But at first they didn't even turn round to
look at us. My two companions, who had also seen them and had heard me
hailing them, also called to them with their loud-speaker: 'Hi there, mates!
Snooty today, eh? Are you from here? Foreigners, eh maybe? But anyway, give
us an answer!'
result was nil. There was no reply from their side. I had a good view of
them. I counted about a dozen of them getting up onto the submarine. Then
three or four of them did look round and hesitated for a few instants before
vanishing into the ship.
"Finally, before rejoining the rest, the last man turned towards
us and raised his right arm above his head and waved it for a few instants in
greeting, to say he had seen us, and then he disappeared into the craft like
"Then we saw the machine rise
right up out of the water and hang there just above the waves. Then we
saw lights go on, red and green, and a beam of white light shot out and
reached as far as our boats. This beam was from a searchlight and gave off no
heat or anything unpleasant.
the beam of light went out. Then the craft was lit up with an orange-sort of
glow, and the red and green lights went out. The machine started to rotate
very slowly, from left to right, and rose to about 20 metres above the sea.
appearance was, as we now saw, like an oval or almost round dish and of the
dimensions of a medium-sized submarine. It hung there stationary for a few
minutes. Then it began to rotate faster, its light grew brighter, and
suddenly it shot off horizontally at high speed over the sea, amid a vast
silence. Its light now took on the colour of red flame and it flattened out
and came back right round over us in a beautiful curve while climbing all the
while and increasing speed, and then it vanished as a tiny red dot among the
stars. Within just a few moments while we watched it, it had become totally
invisible to sight.
remained there quite a while, flabbergasted, straining our eyes at the spot
in the sky where that fantastic machine had disappeared.
from the noise of the waves, we had heard no sound from it, and you can well
imagine that we asked ourselves what it could possibly have been. It was not
a submarine, nor a helicopter nor a seaplane; we would have certainly seen if
it was any one of those.
much aware and sensitive as we were about ridicule and mockery, we have never
talked to anybody about that fantastic and mysterious encounter out at sea,
and we have kept silent about it right up until now, with the intention of
telling you, and only you, about it."
This reference: Flying
Saucer Review Case Histories, Supplement # 14, April 1973, pp. 13-15.
Original reference: Lumières dans
la Nuit, January 1971.
Note 1: Marseilles is a variant of Marseille.
UFOCAT PRN – 68311
UFOCAT URN – NONE Lumières dans la Nuit, (Contact
Lectures), Series 3, No. 5, January 1971
UFOCAT URN – 068311 Flying Saucer Review Case Histories,
Supplement # 14, April 1973,
UFOCAT URN – NONE
Unexplained Mysteries of the 20th Century by Janet and Colin Bord, ©
1989, p. 166
UFOCAT URN – 172296 *U* UFO Computer Database by Larry
Hatch, # XXXXXX, © 2002
UFOCAT URN – 115650 HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid
Reports, A0537 by D. Webb, no © date
UFOCAT URN – 094094 UFO Register by J. Bernard Delair,
1976, 044-086, © Contact International
Europe – France. Body of water is the Mediterranean Sea.
Marseilles Latitude 43-18 N, Longitude 5-24 E
Le Brusc Latitude 43-04 N, Longitude 5-48 E
43-42 N, Longitude 7-15 E
Reference: France Gazetteer, published in the Office of
Geography, Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C., September 1964
UFO location (UFOCAT) Latitude 43.07 N, Longitude 5.77