...Kelly, 23, said he and police recruit Jim Brown were traveling east on U.S. 80 just about to round the bend onto Butler Avenue “when all of a sudden we saw this big light in the sky.”
He said the sight was so startling he brought the patrol car to “a screeching halt” and just watched the object.
“When I first saw it, it had a reddish tint,” he said, “but it changed almost immediately to a bright green.”
Kelly said it made no sound, but he noted the car windows were up, the air conditioner was on and “we heard [a] thunderbolt” at the same time the object was sighted.
He said the object apparently crashed into the sea almost directly off 16th Street and that it appeared to land about a mile offshore. “Just before it hit it, turned a bright white.”
Three witnesses at the 16th Street parking lot reported the object had landed “at the most” a quarter of a mile off the beach.
They reported the object made a “whooshing noise” as it passed overhead. It was bigger than a breadbox anyway,” he said, and was bright enough to cast shadows.
Kelly said he planned to call the U.S. Coast Guard as soon as he was through talking to newsmen and request they send a boat to the area to probe for the strange object.
The Coast Guard station on Tybee Island received five or six calls on unidentified flying objects, a Coast Guard spokesman reported.
We will check them [unreadable] contacting air stations in the vicinity,” he said. “We saw some lights up here ourselves.”
Reference for the above text is: Savannah Morning News, Savannah, GA, dated 09-07-1973. With thanks to Barry Greenwood for supplying this document.
A coastal sighting stimulated considerable interest when a UFO was reported to have plummeted into the ocean off Tybee Island. The United States Coast Guard station located there evinced so little interest that no search craft was directed to investigate the incident. Among the witnesses were the usual contingent of law enforcement personnel plus Savannah Beach Mayor Allen Hendrix.
Reference for the above text is: UFO Exist! by Paris Flammonde, pp. 375-376, © 1976.
UFOCAT PRN – 120063
UFOCAT URN –120063 UFO Reporting Center by Robert Gribble, # 0064
UFOCAT PRN - 130197
UFOCAT URN – NONE Savannah Morning News, dated 09-07-1973
UFOCAT URN – NONE UFO exist! by Paris Flammonde, pp. 375-376, © 1976
UFOCAT URN – 130197 A Geo-Bibliography of Anomalies by George Eberhart, #0445, © 1980
North America – United States, Georgia, Chatham
Tybee Island Latitude 32-00 55 N, Longitude 80-51 41 W (D-M S)
Savannah Beach Latitude 31-59 37 N, Longitude 80-50 55 W
Savannah Latitude 32-05 00 N, Longitude 81-06 00 W
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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