Did Two Men Drop From Sky?
By Tom Longhurst
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?
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
diving into the sea.
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."
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.
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"
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
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.
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/
PRN – 65254 [DOS:
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
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
UFO Location (UFOCAT) Latitude 28.45 N, Longitude 80.57