Go Back Report # 398

09-21-1968                           MISIDENTIFICATION

Translation from Spanish to English by unknown source

La Escala        

Un marino dice que vio a un «ovni» con tripulantes amarillos posado en el mar          

       ¿Llegaron los «alienígenas» o extraterrestres a la Costa Brava? Un marinero de La Escala asegura haber estado varios segundos a menos de diez metros de distancia de seres de otro planeta, suceso que lo ha sumido en un estado de excitación y es motivo de acalorados comentarios en esta zona del litoral.          
       Juan Ballesta, de 52 años, salió a pescar, de madrugada, por las inmediaciones de un islote llamado «Cargol» cuando observó una fantástica escena:          
       «Me encontraba con mi barca buscando cebo cerca del islote, cuando, a unos veinte metros, vi un objeto redondo que se asemejaba a una boya. Me extrañaron sus proporciones y avancé hacia el bulto, pero cuando me faltaba
(sic - faltaban) escasos metros para llegar, vi perfectamente cómo se movía y salían de su interior dos seres vestidos con trajes ajustados de color negro. Sus rostros eran amarillentos y presentaban un aspecto terrible.     
       «Remé con todas mis fuerzas hacia la orilla, situada a unos cien metros, y corrí como una flecha hasta llegar a la taberna donde expliqué lo que acababa de presenciar,» continuó su relato el marino.          
       Dos números de la Guardia Civil y varios policías municipales que se encontraban en el lugar, se dirigieron rápidamente a la barca de Juan Ballesta hasta el lugar señalado por éste. Sin embargo, no encontraron rastro alguno que confirmara su versión.     

La Escala        

Sailor says he saw UFO with yellow pilots floating on the sea
   

       Have the aliens come to the Costa of Brava? A sailor from La Escala claims to have been, for several seconds, ten meters away from beings from another planet. The incident put him into a state of great agitation and is the subject of much talk on the coast.          
       Juan Ballesta, 52, went fishing, at daybreak, near the small barren island called “Cargol” when he observed a fantastic scene:          
       "I was with my boat looking for bait near the small barren island when, some twenty meters away, I saw a rounded object that looked like a buoy. I wondered at its size and advanced toward it, but when I was only a few meters away, I saw how the object moved and two beings emerged from inside. They wore tight-fitting black suits. Their faces were yellowish and presented a terrifying aspect.
       "I rowed with all my strength toward the shore which was 100 meters distant and ran like a flash to the tavern where I told what I had just seen," the sailor continued his story.     
       Two members of the Guardia Civil and several municipal policemen who were in the vicinity quickly went in Ballesta’s boat to the spot he indicated. Nevertheless, they did not find any evidence which confirmed his story.   

Reference for the above text is: News clip, unknown source, from Spain dated September 23, 1968. Translation by unknown source.        
With thanks to The J. Allen Hynek Center for UFO Studies (CUFOS) for the above text and translation: http://www.cufos.org/

END OF INVESTIGATION      

       (78) Saturday, 21 September 1968 (03:00) La Escala (Gerona, Spain)    
Text deleted since subsequent investigation showed it to be “two people with neoprene suits for underwater fishing and a buoy.”   
Per e-mail, dated Sept. 16, 2001, from Vincente-Juan Ballester Olmos who published the original catalog of sightings, A Catalogue of 200 Type-1 UFO Events in Spain and Portugal.-CF-

UFOCAT PRN – 78260          
UFOCAT URN - 088640
Flying Saucer Review, November 1968, p. 34 
UFOCAT URN - 048865 Data-Net Report, March 1971  
UFOCAT URN - 074093 Flying Saucer Review, September 1971, p. 32
UFOCAT URN - 068343 Flying Saucer Review, May 1973, p. 19
UFOCAT URN - 078260 Catalog of 200 Type-1 UFO Events in Spain and Portugal by Vincente-Juan Ballester Olmos, #078, © CUFOS 1976 
UFOCAT URN - 048866 Computerized Catalog (N=3173), #2135 by L. Schoenherr, no © date          
UFOCAT URN - 062555 Computerized Catalog (N=3076), #???? by Jacques Vallee, no © date           
UFOCAT URN – 116093 HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, A0981 by D. Webb, no © date     
UFOCAT URN – 176712 *U* UFO Computer Database by Larry Hatch, # XXXXXX, © 2002      

UFOCAT PRN – 88640          
UFOCAT URN – 048867 Les Extra-Terrestres by Jader Pereira, A17, © 1974   
UFOCAT URN – 048864 Special Report on 1969 Cases by Patrick Huyghe, 712, no © date     

Europe – Spain, Gerona          
Costa Brava (or Wild / Rugged Coast) is located north of Barcelona –CF-        
La Escala          Latitude 42-07-00 N, Longitude 3-07-60 E (D-M-S)     
Cargol              Unable to find coordinates for this island.-CF- 
Reference: http://www.fallingrain.com/world/            





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