Note: Date is based on the date an object
was seen to fly out of the water. However I feel that the background
regarding the fleeting moment of flight is interesting as well.
Note: According to an e-mail received from Mr. Ballester Olmos , he has
deleted this case from his original catalog of Spanish UFO cases. He feels
that the object could be: “any type of container or tank. Nothing calls for a
serious relationship of this curious finding with the UFO phenomenon”.
I have decided to continue
carrying it as something was seen to come out of the water and it might have
a relationship with future cases. C.F.
UNUSUAL UNDERWATER OBJECT
This is a report compiled for CEONI
(Circulo de Estudios Sobre Objetos No Identificados) of Valencia, Spain, by
its President, our contributor. Translation from the Spanish by Gordon
At about 1.00 p.m. on Sunday, July 26, 1970, a 24-year-old aqualung diver was engaged in
hunting fish off Alcocebre (Castellón) at a spot (40° 14' 45" North
Latitude, 3° 58' 40" East Longitude) just off the urban settlement of
"Las Fuentes". The water was some 8 to 10 metres deep and the spot
was some 60 or 70 metres from the shore-line.
Discovery of the object
The sea-bed at this particular region is of
very fine sand with softly eroded rock outcroppings. As is the usual practice
in underwater fishing in Spain, the man was using aqualung containers of
underwater object in detail
Suddenly, at some distance from him, he noticed, on the sea-bed, a
strange metallic object. It was sticking up over the top of a rocky
outcropping. So he went nearer to observe it, and he found that, lying between
two of the outcrops which were about 9 metres apart, there was a metallic
object sunk about 8 inches or so into the sand. Its length was about 7
metres, its width about 3 metres, and one of its ends was slightly conical.
The other end, which was slightly convex, was pointed out to sea. Near the
conical end, and on the upper part of the object, there was a break in the
continuity, about 1 centimetre wide and 2 centimetres deep, running right
round the cylinder, enclosing a circular area about 1 metre in diameter.
There was a similar groove running round the convex end.
The submarine capsule
between two fingers of rock
The surface of the cylinder was
metallic, polished, of a colour resembling the colour of dull stainless
steel. It had no rivets or anything resembling rivets and it did not look as
though it had been under the water very long, for there were no calcareous
deposits on it, no uneven nesses, nor was it rusted at all. He estimated
that, since it was so absolutely clean and lacking incrustations, it could
not have been there even as much as a week.
He tested and found that it was not magnetic, for when he put his
knife (magnetised, as is the usual practice) against it, there was no
magnetic effect. Then he tried to scratch the surface of the object with the
knife, but neither knife nor cylinder showed any mark from the scratching.
used his underwater gun to measure the cylinder.
we were talking to the diver about the affair we discussed the question of
whether it could have been a container of dumped industrial or radioactive
He replied that he was unable to say
yes or no to the idea since he had no knowledge of such matters, but
nevertheless he repeated, emphatically, that it would have needed "a
tremendous storm" to have shifted it from the particular place where it
was on the sea-bed, and there had been a total absence of any such storm over
the period in question. Furthermore the gradient of the sea-bed at that
particular place is minimal or indeed to all intents and purposes nil, which
suggests precisely how difficult it would have been for the thing to have
shifted by itself.
Location of object on sea bed in relation to
coast (lateral view)
The young diver attempted in vain to move the object and he dwelt on
the fact that in water it is almost impossible to exert force or pressure,
even with a point of support. In fact he used as his support a rock (on the
nearer of the two outcroppings) but it had no effect on the object.
He drew our attention also to the fact that
no sound was given off by the object and that, apart from what has been
recorded above, it had no other notable features.
The witness was quite unable to say how long he had remained under
water examining the object. He reminded us that "down below" one
completely loses the notion of "time" and he regrets that he cannot
furnish us with this piece of information.
A strange "something" seen from boat
At about 3.00 a.m. on the following morning, the witness was out in a
small rowing-boat in the same area, just off-shore opposite the "Las
Fuentes" urban settlement, with a lady friend a German girl aged about
20, who was on a camping holiday in Spain with another girl. Suddenly the
German girl noticed something leaving the water.
When we questioned the witness about this incident in the boat with
the German girl, he told us that the course of events was more or less as
She (in broken Spanish, but quite comprehensible):
"Something came out over there!"
He: "It must have been a fish." She: "No! No!"
He (again): "It was a fish."
She: "No! No! It wasn't a fish. It was bigger than that."
looks to where she was pointing (on the surface of the water), and she says:
"Up, above." But he sees nothing. He estimates that it would have
been about a little more than 10 seconds between her first words and the time
when he looked over to where she was pointing. Besides seeing nothing, he heard
no sound and saw no luminosity. And, although the direction in which she was
pointing (to a distance of some 200 or 300 metres from the boat) was
precisely the area where, on the morning of the previous day, he had found
the strange cylindrical object, he attributed no importance to this fact at
Location of object on sea bed in relation to
coast (plan view)
Discussing this point with us, the
witness remarked that, at the time, whatever it was the girl had seen seemed
to him to have been of little interest, for she said nothing more about it
afterwards, had not continued to watch for a long time, and had not been
alarmed at all. He, for his part, had not asked her for any further details,
inasmuch as he did not think that what she had seen was anything remarkable.
The many questions which arise in our minds now about this episode
cannot be answered because it is not possible to contact the girl. Her name
is not known, nor the name of her home town in Germany, nor anything else about
her. So the manner in which she saw the (presumed) object vanishing from
sight, and the details of the object will probably remain only in the memory
of the girl. Let us remember, however, that whatever it was that she saw, she
too did not attribute overmuch importance to the incident; indeed practically
At 9.00 that same morning (Monday) the young diver went down again,
out of pure curiosity, to take another look at the strange object, and it
will be appreciated that his surprise was enormous when, arriving at the
precise spot where it had been, he perceived that it was no longer there.
The witness, who has been skin-diving for six years, has known the
whole area thoroughly for even more years than that, since it is the place
where his family have traditionally spent their summer holidays. But, in
order to make absolutely sure that he was not mistaken, he explored all the
rocky outcrops along that part of the coast for a further hour, with no
results. Then, and only then, did he begin to link the cylinder and its
disappearance with what his friend the German girl had seen.
Since that date he has dived again at the same place several times and
always without finding any trace of the object, and he again emphasises that
the area is one very well known to him, so there can be no possibility of his
being mistaken as to where it was, or being at fault in his bearings. We for
our part would emphasise the fact that he is a very experienced diver.
When we asked him about the time of the day when, after his night trip
in the boat he was back in the sea and diving again, we expressed our
astonishment that he must have slept so few hours that night. He smiled
broadly and replied that this is very common with under-water divers. Very
often these young fellows spend a whole night dancing in some town near the
coast and then, at six in the morning, without having slept at all, or
perhaps having merely lain down for a couple of hours, they take their gear
and go off down to the sea again. Such is their passion for this marine
sport, we repeat, that a sleepless night is something very, very normal for
The witness, who at the present time is employed as a car salesman, is
a draughtsman, unmarried, and of the Roman Catholic faith. Never before had
he seen any strange object or strange phenomenon, either aerial or aquatic.
He has no particular interest in such matters as UFOs, science fiction, or
suchlike, and has never read any book about them. He has of course seen the
occasional UFO report in a paper or a magazine, as is normal.
The original CEONI report bears the full signature, name and surnames,
of the witness, in support of the authenticity of his statement, but he has
asked for a certain amount of discretion to be used, and we have decided not
to publish his name.
The enquiries conducted in this case by the CEONI members were as
At a personal interview with V-J. Ballester, arising out of the latter's
lecture, at the Alejandro Salzar High School, on UFO landings in the Iberian
Peninsula· The witness came to the lecture, having seen an announcement about
it in the press.
At an investigatory interview with the witness by various CEONI members, in
April 1971, Don J. Cezón of the C.E.I., Madrid, also being present.
At a final interview, at CEONI Headquarters, in May 1971, at which the
finishing touches were given on various points and details that had arisen in
the course of our discussions of the case.
sighting as a Type I, Class B UFO report
Reports of unidentified flying objects associated with large expanses
of water--oceans, lakes, rivers--are not uncommon in our subject. One book
published recently (Ivan T. Sanderson: Invisible Residents. World
Publishing Co., New York and Cleveland, 1970) is devoted entirely to the
problem of UFOs leaving or entering the seas, which is a good indication of
the proportion of cases of this type within the general UFO Phenomenon.
Whenever the investigator possesses sufficient details to be able to
eliminate every category of known conventional identification (meteorite,
break-up or decay of man-made artefact, balloon, and so on) sightings of this
kind are catalogued under the category of UFO Landings, since this
type of sighting meets the requirements laid down for that category·
In the Catalogue of Spanish Type- 1 Reports currently being published
as part of the list of world-wide sightings which is kept up-to-date by Dr.
Jacques Vallée (whose enormous contributions and efforts are a source of such
great encouragement), we have noted several examples of this UFO activity in
relation to the sea. The most clear and precise of these cases include the
following: Camarasa (Lérida), April 14, 1950; Santoña (Santander), September
1953; La Escala (Gerona), September 21, 1968; and Cabo Cope (Murcia), October
11, 1969. The interested reader will find these items in a summarised version
listed individually in the Hundred Landing Cases Reported and Studied for the
Iberian Peninsula (Ballester and Vallée, 1971. See FSR Special Issue No. 4, UFOs
In Two Worlds, Cases Nos. 5, 8, 59 and 94).
In the particular case of the object at Alcocebre with which the
present article deals, we are confronted with a cylindrically-shaped submarine
object bearing no identification marks, in circumstances where the state of
the sea and the water were such that no object of such a size and weight,
resting on the sea-bed, could possibly have moved by itself. Secondly, we
have a poorish visual sighting over the surface of the sea, with a low-level
strangeness-index, a sighting which, while it might not have appeared of any
importance at the time, immediately becomes a fact of significance and worthy
of mention in the light of the subsequent discovery of the sudden
disappearance of the mysterious object from the sea-bed. These features of
the case have prompted us to include the incident in our listing of Type 1
As regards the lack of markings on the mystery object, we know that
even every secret type of man-made device employed in our oceans bears signs,
letters, or wording indicating its origin. An example was the object recently
found in the Mediterranean by a Spanish fishing-boat.
It is our intention to follow up on this case. In particular, we shall
secure all possible information regarding the types of receptacles most
commonly designed for containing industrial or radioactive waste materials,
although, for the reasons just adduced above. we feel that this particular
hypothesis of the industrial or radioactive waste container is a weak one.
However, we shall be glad to receive from readers of FSR their suggestions as
to any possible explanation for this strange "deposit", and we
hope that they will be published in these pages.
This reference: Flying Saucer Review Case Histories,
Supplement #6, August 1971, pp. 5-7.
UFOCAT PRN - 73995 [DOS: 07-26-1970]
UFOCAT URN – 073995
Flying Saucer Review Case Histories, Supplement #6, August 1971,
pp. 5-7. (Above)
UFOCAT URN –
078312 Catalog of 200 Type-1 UFO Events in Spain and Portugal by Ballester
Olmos Vicente-Juan, #118 © CUFOS 1976.
UFOCAT URN –
176770 *U* UFO Computer Database by Larry Hatch, # XXXXXX © 2002
UFOCAT PRN - 73996[DOS: 07-27-1970]
UFOCAT URN – 073996
Flying Saucer Review Case Histories, Supplement #6, August 1971,
pp. 6-7. (Above)
Europe – Spain, Castellón
40-15 N, Longitude 0-17 W (D-M) [Alcocéber]
Las Fuentes Latitude
39-00 N, Longitude 1-19 W
Reference: Spain and Andorra gazetteer,
Prepared in the Office of Geography, Department of the Interior, Washington,
D.C., April 1961
Location (UFOCAT) Latitude 40.25 N, Longitude 0.27 E (D.%)
Latitude 40.27 N, Longitude 0.28 E [URN 176770]