Go Back Report # 440




Discussing the widely held belief about underwater bases, the press interviewed a Sr. Julian Hidalgo Montezuma, a night-watchman, who said he recently saw UFOs over Macuto and Naiguata. He said he had seen several "orange lights," tubular in shape, "like our rockets," rise up out of the water far out at sea and vanish into the sky. On other occasions he had also watched them emerge and then fly off eastwards along the Venezuelan coast. Sometimes he has seen them emerge several times in one night, and, like many others in Venezuela, he advanced the view that there might be a vast submerged "mother-ship" out there.

During the night of March 25/26, 1973, the craft were seen again over La Guaira and various other coastal towns. Some witnesses spoke of seeing UFOs rise out of the sea and fly southwards over Venezuela. Others spoke of seeing them flying them East to West.

At 6.30 p.m., from near the great Maiquetia International Airport, witnesses saw a luminous UFO at great height over Macuto. It then came over the Airport, halted there for about half a minute, and then made off rapidly towards the El Avila Range (southwards from Caracas and La Guaira).

One witness, Pedro Pena, who lives close to the Airport and so is well acquainted with aircraft, said that he saw a UFO, which was at first of a bright light-green colour. Then it became an opaque orange while stationary over the Airport, finally turning to a vivid white as it moved off and vanished. He had the impression that it was rotating.

Carmelo Panfri Salazar, a municipal sanitary employee, also said he saw a UFO rise up out of the sea and move south towards El Avila Range. Nor, he added, was this the first time; indeed, anybody could see it happening, any evening, between 6 and 7 p.m. He said the craft rise from the sea far out, opposite the La Guaira Marine Passenger Terminal, and head at incredible speed southwards towards El Avila Range.

Saiazar concurred with Pedro Pena about the colour-change sequence, running from red via orange to vivid white, and also on the apparent change of shape to oval, as mentioned by the night-watchman Montezuma.

Pedro Pena's statements were backed by fellow-witnesses: his brother Carlos and his friend Luis Perez, and Salazar's were backed by Donato Garcia who, from a window of his flat saw "a thing like a saucer" emerge from the sea.

This Reference Is The Original: Flying Saucer Review, Vol. 21, No. 1, January/February 1975, p. 11, Underwater UFO Base Off Venezuela? by Gordon Creighton.

UFOCAT PRN 86748 [DOS: 03-??-1973]

UFOCAT URN 86748 Flying Saucer Review, June 1975, p. 11

UFOCAT PRN 86749 [DOS: 03-25-1973]

UFOCAT URN 86749 Flying Saucer Review, June 1975, p. 11

South America Venezuela

Macuto Latitude 10-37 N, Longitude 66-53 W (D-M)

Naiguata Latitude 10-37 N, Longitude 66-44 W

La Guaira Latitude 10-36 N, Longitude 66-56 W

El Avila Range Unable to locate

Reference: Venezuela Gazetteer, Prepared in the Office of Geography, Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C., August 1961.

UFO Location (UFOCAT) Latitude 10.62 N, Longitude 66.88 W (D.%) [Macuto]

Latitude 10.63 N, Longitude 66.94 W [La Guaira]


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