Go Back Report # 425


Summer 1972           

       While some put their faith in images transported in layers of air, one Buffalo man rejects the whole idea completely.

       One afternoon in the summer of 1972, this man (who has requested that his name not be used) decided to do some fishing. He took his boat out into the eastern end of Lake Erie, close to Buffalo, and started to fish. This day, however, the fish were not cooperating and the only thing disturbing the otherwise calm surface was the plop of his lure. But the lake did not remain placid for long. Without warning, what appeared to be a large silver disk-like object burst from under the water and shot straight up into the summer sky with such a force that the wave it created almost swamped the fisherman's boat!

       Later, this man said that the silver craft was about thirty to forty feet across and had come out of the water less than a hundred yards from his boat. The event had been so sudden and stunning that he could only sit gaping as the craft disappeared high in the sky.

As a result of this close encounter the man no longer fishes in Lake Erie. The thought of what might have happened if the strange craft had been closer to his boat still leaves him in a cold sweat.

        There is an interesting follow-up to this case that once again points up the element of strangeness present in this region. In this particular case the fisherman was reluctant to have his name revealed for fear of ridicule. However, he did reveal to an investigator from MUFON (Mutual UFO Network) - a privately funded UFO investigation group that his was not the only UFO encounter to occur in his family, his wife also underwent a very upsetting experience when she became involved with one of these strange flying objects a week or so later.                            

This reference: “Gateway to Oblivion” by Hugh Cochrane, pp. 69-70, Published 1980

Original: MUFON File   

UFOCAT PRN – NONE           

North America - United States, New York

Buffalo – Latitude 42-53-11 N, Longitude 78-52-43 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   


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