personnel responding to citizen reports of unusual aerial activity over Lake
Erie on March 4, 1988, witnessed classic UFOs near Eastlake, OH.
Sheila and Henry Baker
were driving home with their three children about 8:35 P.M., after taking
them out to dinner, and were almost home. As they neared the waterfront, Sheila noticed something hovering over the lake;
they drove down to the beach to investigate and got out of the car. The moon
was bright, and there
was ice on the lake; Sheila could
hear it cracking like claps of thunder.
visible was a huge, gunmetal gray, football-shaped, silent object rocking
back and forth, blinding white light emanating from both ends. Then the
object began moving, swinging one end toward the shore and descending. The
Bakers became frightened, ran back to their car, and fled. When they got
home, the object was still visible from a window facing the lake. Sheila hid the children in a closet, fearing that
the thing might come and get them.
moved out over the ice and continued to descend, with red and blue lights now
flashing in sequence along its lower edge. Sheila
called the Eastlake
police to report a UFO, and after several referrals, with no one expressing
much interest, was told that unusual activity over the lake would be the
responsibility of the Coast Guard. Suddenly five or six bright yellow
triangular objects shot out of the center of the large object and began
darting around independently (satellite objects). Once they stopped
and hovered point up around the parent object, then sped away to the north,
turned east, then inland toward the Perry
nuclear power plant.
point Sheila called the Coast Guard,
which sent a team to their house to investigate. Seaman James
Power and Petty Officer John Knaub
arrived towing a Boston Whaler (a seaworthy boat) just in case. They told the
Bakers that they had seen some lights over the lake from Fairport Harbor
and thought they were flares, maybe fishermen trapped out on the ice.
However, when Sheila pointed to the
main craft and some of the triangular objects still zipping around it, the
men drove closer to the lake to investigate, accompanied by the Bakers. At
the lakefront they could hear the ice rumbling and roaring.
incident report sent later by teletype to Coast Guard headquarters in Detroit, MI,
the men were quoted as
saying that "the ice was cracking and moving abnormal amounts as the
object came closer to it."
Knaub gave a running report on what they were seeing to their base via the
two-way radio in their Chevy Suburban. The window was down, and the Bakers
overheard them saying words to the effect: "Be advised the object
appears to be landing on the lake . . .
There are other objects moving around it. Be advised
these smaller objects are going at high rates of speed. There are no engine
noises and they are very, very low."
one of the triangles zoomed straight toward the Coast Guard vehicle, a blur
of light, then veered east, straight up, and came down beside the parent
object. Two witnesses in separate locations also reported seeing the
Hale was walking her dog when
she noticed a triangular object hovering overhead, and her dog began to whine
and cower (animal reactions). She took the dog indoors and came back
out to watch. The triangle flashed a series of multicolored lights, then
accelerated and was gone without making a sound (hover-acceleration).
was using his astronomical telescope when one of the triangles caught his
eye. He had a cheap throwaway camera with him and snapped a picture of the
object before it flew away over the horizon. The photograph was analyzed by
optical physicist Bruce
Maccabee, who considered it to
be a legitimate image of an unexplained object (see section VII,
Back at the
lake the Coast Guard team and Henry
Baker continued to watch for over an hour. Sheila went home and continued to observe from the
window. Henry overheard the men
saying such things to their base as, "You should be advised that the
object is now shining lights all over the lake and it's turning different
colors." The noise of the rumbling ice was thunderous, and the men had
to yell to be heard on the radio.
the triangles returned and one by one entered the side of the parent object
as it seemed to land on the ice. The object flashed a series of red, blue,
and yellow lights, the light emanating from the end of the object turned from
white to red, and the triangles reemerged and hovered above it. The noise
from the ice abruptly ceased, and the lights and triangles disappeared. When
it was over the Coast Guard men drove away, "white-faced,"
according to Henry
March 4, 1988: Eastlake, OH
Coast Guard teletype message
on elliptical UFO and satellite objects over Lake Erie.
morning nothing was visible other than scattered chunks of broken ice. But
that evening the triangles reappeared. Sheila
again called the Coast Guard, which this time sent a three-man team, but
by the time they, arrived, the objects were no longer visible24.
This reference: The UFO Evidence, Volume II, by Richard H. Hall,
pp. 53-56, © 2001. Reproduced with the permission of the copyright
Note #24: Christopher Evans,
Space Case: The Night the Coast Guard Got Buzzed, Cleveland
Plain Dealer, July 12, 1992; see also Coast Guard teletype report on
UFOCAT PRN - 112460
UFOCAT URN NONE
Coast Guard teletype report on incident, dated March 05, 1988.
UFOCAT URN 118158 MUFON UFO Journal, January
UFOCAT URN NONE
Cleveland Plain Dealer, July 12, 1992, Space Case: The Night the
Coast Guard Got Buzzed, by Christopher Evans.
UFOCAT URN 112460 Computer
Catalog of UFO Reports 1988-94 by Paul Ferrughelli,
#0353 © 1992
UFOCAT URN 145448 The UFO Evidence: Vol. 2 by Richard Hall,
p. 30, © 2001
UFOCAT URN NONE
The UFO Evidence: Vol. 2 by Richard Hall,
p. 53-56, © 2001
UFOCAT URN 156725 The UFO Evidence: Vol. 2 by Richard Hall,
p. 78, © 2001
UFOCAT URN 168341 *U*
UFO Computer Database by Larry Hatch, # 14652 © 2002
America United States,
Lake Erie Latitude 41-40-00 N,
Longitude 82-00-00 W (D-M-S)
Fairport Harbor Latitude 41-40-00 N, Longitude
Eastlake Latitude 41-39-14 N,
Longitude 81-27-02 W [Suburb of Cleveland]
41-29-58 N, Longitude 81-41-44 W
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.,
UFO Location (UFOCAT) Latitude
41.66 N, Longitude 81.45 W (D.%)
41.65 N, Longitude 81.45 W [URN 168341]