Go Back Report # 272
10-31-1963

10-31-1963

A SUBMERGED UFO? 

By Lt. HARRY E. RIESEBERG     

(author of The Inca's Land Beyond, Scorched Flesh and Evil Spirits, etc.)          

       On the afternoon of October 31, 1963, at approximately 2 p.m., a most strange object dropped from out of nowhere and submerged in the muddy waters of the Peropava River, near the Capivari, approximately eight kilometers to the right of BR-2 (highway) in the neighborhood of the Ribeira do Iguape — a region between the Serrado Paranapiacaba mountain range and the Atlantic Ocean — causing, at the time, real panic in the region, which later during the following days turned into the most intense curiosity. What was this strange — and apparently — most astonishing event, causing bewilderment, wonder, and even panic, and then later amazement and great curiosity?

       On the small boat-landing directly in front of her house, an eight-year-old child, Rute de Souza, a quiet, intelligent and lively girl, living with her parents in a humble and very poor hovel on the left bank of the Peropava River, suddenly heard a great noise coming from what she seemed to think was a miniature jet plane flying low over her head. As Rute lifted her eyes, she saw a strange, luminous object, light and brilliant, in the form of an enormous, polished aluminum bowl, slowly, yet noisily, descending from the sky in her direction from the south.

       The girl continued watching in fascination; in a fraction of a few seconds, the thing slightly scraping the rooftop of her parent's poor hovel, collided with the large stump of an Igarape1 a few meters from where she was sitting. At first, Rute paid little attention to the strange object, but "when that thing" hit the Igarape and gave three bouncing leaps, crossing the stream and quickly changing its course finally to dive into the water on the opposite side, she became fearful and afraid because she saw the water boil as if one were cooling a hot iron in it. She told her parents that foam appeared on the surface of the water, foam which took some moments to subside. The ripples continued for some time.

       Her parents, and others to whom she had related the strange event, reported the occurrence to the local reporters, and at their request, two divers were brought to the site — Caetabo Germano Iovvane and Peter Runge e Manoel Batista de Andrade, both of the "Associação Cristã de Moços [Christian Association of Young Men. –H J-]— to search the heart of the Peropava River and the place where the object had submerged, to make an effort to locate it. The scuba divers started their explorations early in the afternoon on November 11; however, due to the bad light and approaching evening, they suspended their operations around 5 p.m., without any success2.

     Rute de Souza herself had the best oppurtunity (sic) to note the strange object; a few others also saw it in fractions of seconds due to its sudden appearance and speed. The girl, however, wasn't able to give the exact size of the object, though she said it was "like a basin for bathing, only much bigger." A Japanese peasant, residing close by, also noted the strange object, but wasn't able to describe its exact size either; he believed it wasn't more than two meters in diameter3. Another witness, Paul Nunes, saw it when it dived into the river, but was also unable to evaluate its dimensions. Rute's mother had noted "the thing" while it was still in the air "buzzing loudly as if it were a small jet plane."

       She, Mrs. Julia Elidia, told the reporters that she had listened to Rádio Difusora4 the first day — the 31st — to find out if there had been some airplane accident in that vicinity; she had continued to listen the following day, too. But as nothing had been mentioned on the radio, she asked a nearby farmer to communicate the fact immediately to the authorities in Iguape, who later arrived and made a careful investigation. Then later, on December 31, the matter was communicated to the Brazilian Air Force, which sent out planes and started further investigations.

       On arrival, Mrs. Elidia informed them that she was behind the house when she saw the strange object descend swiftly in its direction toward the river, that she remembered her daughter was sitting on the little dock, and she had run out to see if anything had happened to her. At this moment she had encountered the child running in her direction, trying to speak, but unable to say a word in fear, pointing with her hands to the opposite side of the river. Too, she said, Issuo Oikiti, and the girl's uncle, Raul Soares de Souza, were about ten meters from the scene when they had heard the shock of the object smash against the surface water; both had time to see it submerge, then the place became surrounded by a great quantity of foam.

       On November 13, the Diário do Paraná, the local newspaper, had reported the matter and memtioned (sic) the failure of investigation. The account had added that "in communication maintained by the reporters with the various sectors of public adminstration (sic) or with elements who run sections which should be interested by the strange object, we have come to the conclusion that there is a complete apathy in the untangling of the mystery that the waters of the Peropava River hold."

       Then, on November 14, the same newspaper gave further publicity to the case, adding that "Rute Nunes de Souza, her mother, D. Elidia Nunes de Souza and her uncle Raul Soares de Souza had never heard of flying saucers; nonetheless, Mrs. Elidia de Souza affirmed that ‘the thing’ she had seen did have the appearance of a flying saucer. Raul de Souza had affirmed the same, that even though he had only seen the object when it had submerged, he assured it to be round and bright... after more than four hours of continuous work (the divers) were convinced that they should await a better opportunity, since the waters of the Peropava River were dirty and it had a muddy, slimy bottom, more than a meter deep ... Later, to endeavor to see the object, the divers, aided by local canoe owners, started to search with bamboo poles. Peter Runge, a new diver, went down to investigate and hit something metallic on the river's bottom, but divers Caetano and Batista weren't able to get the exact place because of the slime and mud."          

       Then, once again, on December 7, the subject was brought to light by the same newspaper. It added that the object was seen by more than ten persons and that "from the bank in the river, mother and daughter, frightened, watched the water boil and become dirtier than ever before." And after further descriptions and witnesses’ reports, it added that, also, in the search for the object were Gigi del Mashio, a well-known diver from São Paulo, togther (sic) with Vincentino, a technician, and Luis Arenas Blasques, diver."

       Then, finally, on February 28, 1964, news was received from São Paulo, through Miss Rute P. Castro, given by Mr. Nelson Gato, chief-reporter for the Diario de São Paulo, according to which the search for the supposed flying saucer had been abandoned due to the mud and the lack of conditions, leaving, in this manner, the unanswerable and exceptional case to be forgotten . . .

       Thus, today, the mystery of the satellite, rocket — or flying saucer — still rests on the mud-coasted (sic), slime and ooze bottom of the Peropava River, in São Paulo Province of Brizal (sic)waiting for some scuba enthusiast to uncover its secret!                                                               

This reference: Exploring the Unknown, Vol. 6, No. 2, December 1965, pp. 64-67, © 1965

With thanks to researcher Roderick Dyke of the Magonia Group for finding this.-CF- 

Note #1: Igarape – is a stream/river with many towns on its banks. I believe that the text “large stump of an Igarape” is in conflict with the APRO version which says that the UFO struck the top of a palm tree. –CF-   

Note #2: From APRO: “At first, divers using only face masks tried but failed, to be followed by scuba divers and eventually a professional deep sea diver with full diving suit and air compressor came to attempt to locate the disc. At last report, nothing had been found and all the divers complained of the hampering effect of the mud at the bottom of the river. The Peropava is 12 feet deep at the point where the disc sank and has a muddy bottom comprised of about 15 feet of mud and clay.”

            If the disc sank through the water and in turn the mud as the boiling up of water and then mud seem to indicate, it may have proceeded through the muddy river bed to solid rock underneath.    

Note #3: From APRO: “On the opposite shore of the river, fishermen including Japanese Tetsuo Ioshigawa had witnessed the event, and it was from Ioshigawa that investigators and reporters obtained sufficient description that led to the estimation of size of the object--about 25 feet in diameter. All described the disc as like polished aluminum and shaped like a ‘wash basin.’ The object appeared to be at about 20 feet in altitude when it hit the tree. It was in level flight until that time, and after it struck, it began its gyrations which led to the conclusion of the witnesses that it was experiencing trouble of some sort.”      

Note #4: Rádio Difusora FM 91.3- Av. José Adolfo Bianco Molina, 2110 - (16) 2102-2222. –H J-

UFOCAT PRN – 87690 [DOS: 10-31-1963]

UFOCAT URN – 152197 The APRO Bulletin, January 1964, pp.1-2

UFOCAT URN – 089861 The APRO Bulletin, January 1964, pp.1-2

UFOCAT URN – NONE    Fate, May 1964, pp. 62-65

UFOCAT URN – 036999 The Reference for Outstanding UFO Sighting Reports by Thomas
                                        Olsen, #145, © UFOIRC, 1966
UFOCAT URN – 037001 Flying Saucers: The Startling Evidence by C. Lorenzen, p. 217, © 1966

UFOCAT URN – 080017 Strangers from the Skies by Brad Steiger, p. 83, © 1966

UFOCAT URN – 087690 Piece for a Jig-Saw by Leonard Cramp, p. 130, © 1966

UFOCAT URN – 077590 What We Really Know about Flying Saucers by Otto Binder, p. 149,

                                        © 1967

UFOCAT URN – 056822 UFOs over the Americas by Jim and Coral Lorenzen, p. 53, © 1968

UFOCAT URN – 037000 A Century of Landings (N=923) by J. Vallee, # 586, © 1969

UFOCAT URN – 076787 Invisible Residents by Ivan T. Sanderson, p. 226, © 1970

UFOCAT URN – 081388 Invisible Residents by Ivan T. Sanderson, p. 74-76, © 1970

UFOCAT URN – 091561 Xenolog by SATCU of New Zealand, December 1976, p. 3

UFOCAT URN – NONE   Official UFO Magazine, May 1977, Vol. 2, No. 3, “Mysteries of the

                                        Deep” by Lucius Farish and Dale Titler, p. 41

UFOCAT URN – NONE   Unexplained Mysteries of the 20th Century by J. & C. Bord, p. 171,

                                        ©1989

UFOCAT URN – 036998 Computerized Catalog (N=3173), #1602 by L. Schoenherr, no © date

UFOCAT URN – 170654 *U* UFO Computer Database by Larry Hatch, # 06429, © 2002      

UFOCAT PRN – 87690 [Note: incorrect DOS given as 10-31-1958]

UFOCAT URN – 31641 Flying Saucers-Serious Business by Frank Edwards, p. 95, © 1966

UFOCAT URN – 55122 Etudes Statistiques Portant sur 1000 Témoignages, Claude Poher, #2731,

                                        undated

South America – Brazil

Peropava River                        Latitude 24-39 S, Longitude 47-31 W (D-M)

Capivari – Many locations in reference to streams, populated places, and lagoons, so I chose the closest coordinates to Ribeira do Iguape.-CF-:

Capivari                                   Latitude 23-00 S, Longitude 47-31 W [populated place]

Ribeira do Iguape                    Latitude 24-40 S, Longitude 47-24 W

Iguape                                     Latitude 24-43 S, Longitude 47-33 W

Serrado Paranapiacaba           Latitude 24-40 S, Longitude 47-24 W [mountain range]

                        [Serra do Paranapiacaba]       

Reference: Brazil Gazetteer, prepared in the Office of Geography, Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C., January 1963        

UFO Location (UFOCAT) Latitude 24.73 S, Longitude 47.52 W (D.%)

UFO Location (UFOCAT) Latitude 24.75 S, Longitude 47.5 W [URN 170654]  


 



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