of flying object spur fruitless CG search
NETARTS—The U.S. Coast Guard received
several reports of a flying object off Netarts Bay
Tuesday night with lights
that changed colors.
The callers didn't refer to the object
as a "UFO."
Instead, they feared it was a
helicopter in distress and one caller said it appeared the lights dimmed and the "aircraft"
disappeared into the ocean.
A Coast Guard helicopter and rescue
boat searched extensively off the bay's entrance but didn't find any debris,
and no reports of overdue aircraft have been received, Air Station Astoria
information officer Lt. Mike Wade said.
The search was suspended shortly after
Though the case is tentatively listed
as a false alarm, Coast Guardmen took it more
seriously than a later report of a ship burning off Seaside that turned out
to be a glow from the moon.
That was because the Tillamook Bay
Coast Guard Station at Garibaldi confirmed that a helicopter had been seen in
the area earlier in the evening.
Wade said the first report of the helicopter
came from Earl Klouchec of Netarts,
who called the Garibaldi station at 9:14 p.m. to report seeing a bright light that changed
color and appeared to have a tail.
He said it was one to three miles
northwest of the entrance to Netarts Bay. Three
minutes later, the driver of a Coast Guard vehicle reported seeing the same
At 10 p.m., Don Normell
of Netarts said he saw what he presumed to be a helicopter sink
into the ocean about ¾ to two miles off the shore. He thought it was a
helicopter because it appeared to hover in one place.
the craft had red, green and white lights, which Wade confirmed are common on
helicopters. The lights went dim as the craft disappeared, Normell said.
The Tillamook County Sheriff's Dept.
also reported seeing the hovering lights.
By that time the Tillamook Bay station
and Astoria air station had started checking with coastal airports to find
out if any helicopters were known to be flying or overdue.
None of the sources contacted knew of
any such aircraft, but the Tillamook station Coast Guardmen
recalled seeing a helicopter earlier in the evening.
The Coast Guard helicopter from
Astoria and 44-foot rescue boat from Garibaldi searched from about 1½ mile
north to 1½ mile south of the bay entrance, using "night sun"
search lights, Wade said.
"There were good night search
conditions," Wade added. He said chances of seeing a light or debris in
the area were "95 per cent."
Reports of overdue aircraft still
hadn't been received this morning Wade said.
reference: News clip - Daily Astorian, Astoria,
Oregon January 26, 1977
With Thanks to The J. Allen Hynek
Center for UFO Studies (CUFOS): http://www.cufos.org/
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America – United States, Oregon
Netarts Bay Latitude 45-24-08 N, Longitude 123-57-34
Garibaldi Latitude 45-33-35 N, Longitude 123-54-39 W
Netarts Latitude 45-26-05 N, Longitude 123-56-45 W
Tillamook Bay Latitude 45-30-46 N, Longitude 123-54-59 W
Astoria Latitude 46-11-16 N, Longitude