Go Back Report # 340

03-16-1966

Report From Brazil – The First UAO Sightings In 1966    

       On March 16, at 5:45 p.m., a white object, ovoid in shape, crashed into the Atlantic Ocean close to the Cagarras Island, after a violent explosion which caused, alarm and fear among the people who watched from the Arpoador beach its rapid fall to the sea. An emergency call mobilized the Air Force Life Saving Service (SAR) and the Guanabara State Coast Guard (CMS). Several patrol boats from the CMS and two SAR helicopters searched the area until 7:15 p.m., but nothing was found. The CMS sailor Sergio Jorge Carvalho and the sentinel at the Copacabana Fortress witnessed the fall and explosion. They reported that the object had a white contrail and that a smaller parachute-like object was drop­ped from it just a few seconds before the crash. Other witnesses affirmed that more than one parachute-like object had been sighted. The CMS released the information that "at 5:45 p.m., a communication from the SAR reported the fall of a "strange object" in the area of the Cagarras Island. Four patrol boats were sent to search the place and nothing was found."     
       A crowd of several thousand people remained for several hours at the Arpoador beach, watching the search and discussing the events. The. Cagarras is a small, deserted rocky island a few milesto the west of Rio de Janeiro, Just in front of the well-known Copacabana and Ipanema beaches. It was visited three days later by an expedition that made a complete search, but again nothing was found.      

This reference: The A.P.R.O. Bulletin, March-April, 1966, pp. 5-6         
With thanks to Larry Hatch’s *U* UFO Database, see http://www.larryhatch.net

UFOCAT PRN – 56823          
UFOCAT URN – NONE  
The APRO Bulletin, March-April, 1966, pp. 5-6 
UFOCAT URN – 056823 UFOs Over The Americas by Jim and Coral Lorenzen, p. 54 © 1968   
UFOCAT URN – 073318 Invisible Residents by Ivan T. Sanderson, p. 43, © 1970       
UFOCAT URN – 170750 *U* UFO Computer Database by Larry Hatch, # 07090 © 2002         

South America – Brazil
Cagarras Island         Latitude 23-02 S, Longitude 43-11 W (D-M)    
Arpoador Beach         Latitude 23-59 S, Longitude 43-12 W 
Guanabara Bay          Latitude 22-50 S, Longitude 43-10 W 
Copacabana Beach    Latitude 22-58 S, Longitude 43-10 W 
Ipanema Beach          Latitude 22-59 S, Longitude 43-12 W 
Reference: Brazil Gazetteer, Prepared in the Office of Geography, Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C., January 1963   





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