Go Back Report # 346


Did Two Men Drop From Sky?

By Tom Longhurst

Sentinel Staff  

       CAPE CANAVERAL - While astronauts Stafford and Cernan were nudging the fringe of outer space on Friday in Gemini 9, did astronauts from another planet pay a visit to the Cape? Or did the imaginations of three young boys, filled with the happenings of the day, run riot?

       The father of two of the boys, James Harkins of 52 Winslow Apartments, says they could be mistaken, that they didn't really see a space ship or flying sub land on the sea, or startle two strangely attired men on the beach who then fled aboard a powered disc to the strange ship lying beyond the breakers.         

       HARKINS SAYS his two boys, Michael, 6, and James, 7, were playing with their 8 year old friend Steve behind the apartment building at about 7: 30 p.m. when they claimed to have seen a "rocket or a jet" flash over the sky and vanish behind the building, apparently diving into the sea.

       "The three of them came in and asked my wife if they could go over to the beach to see where it went," said Harkins, "so we let them go."

       He said they returned in less than five minutes, white-faced and frightened with what they saw there.      

       THEY TOLD HIM they went onto the beach and about 30 yards away saw two men standing with their backs to them talking. They wore "glass-encased helmets, grey suits and had what looked like scuba tanks on their back". One of the boys let out a whistle which startled the two. They dashed to the water and jumped aboard a "round white thing" which sped to a strange vessel about a hundred yards off shore.

       The' boys said the craft had windows in it and they could "see people inside it" A gray star was painted on its side together with the letters "HU HR PS RED"

       They told their father they started fleeing, at the same time the men did. When they looked back they expected to seethe craft take off, but instead, it submerged and vanished.            

       HARKINS SAID that young Steve ran home to tell his parents, and that he separated his two sons, questioned, them, and got substantially the same story from each of them, and later from Steve.

       "They all came up with the same letters each time I questioned them separately, and all mentioned the same details", declared Harkins. He dismissed the suggestion that the boys made the story up, saying they were "not that type of boys." But Harkins conceded that they might have seen some "Navy frogmen exercises or scuba divers working from a submarine."

       He said' he called Cocoa Beach and Canaveral police departments because he thought he should at least report it, "but I didn't want to make a big deal about it, it sounds so crazy.

       Harkins said he asked the police to contact Patrick AFB to see if they had a craft with flying sub capabilities, but added that he had not heard anything.                                                 

This reference: The Orlando Sentinel, Orlando, Florida, Sunday, June 5. 1966

With thanks to The J. Allen Hynek Center for UFO Studies (CUFOS): http://www.cufos.org/  

UFOCAT PRN – 65254 [DOS: 06-03-1966]

UFOCAT URN – 065254 Newspaper Clipping, Orlando Sentinel, June 05, 1966

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

                                        Deep” by Lucius Farish and Dale Titler, p. 54

UFOCAT URN – 115829 HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, A0717, by D. Webb No © date

North America - United States, Florida, Brevard

Cape Canaveral           Latitude 28-24-20 N, Longitude 80-36-18 W (D-M-S)

Reference: The National Gazetteer of the United States of America, Prepared by the U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the U.S. Board on Geographic Names, Washington D.C., 1990

UFO Location (UFOCAT) Latitude 28.45 N, Longitude 80.57 W (D.%) 


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