10-23-1978 Professional English translation follows Italian text
CISU Case: 062
Location: Cupra Marittima (AP)
Category: D (Navigation aids, or objects standing still on the water surface)
Evaluation: Insufficient information
Original Source: Bollettino Pattuglia Spectra Scouts; "ItaCat" caso n. 78046; "Morgana" n. 1 pag. 30; inchiesta di E. Morricone del 18/7/1979; "Il Giornale dei Misteri" n. 108 pag. 20; "Notiziario Ufo" del febbraio 1979, pag. 9; "Notiziario Ufo" del novembre 1979, pag. 37; R. Pinotti "Ufo: scacchiere Italia" ed. Oscar Mondadori, pp. 113-114; “Gli Argonauti” n. 115-116 del marzo-aprile 1994; inchiesta di Fabrizio Zò di Ferrara CUN del 11/11/1978.
Sighting Description: L’equipaggio di due pescherecci, il “Nuova Lucia” con Dino Vesprini e Rinaldo Spinozzi ed il “Libertà” con Giuseppe Ricci, che si trovavano rispettivamente a cinque miglia e mezzo ed a otto miglia dalla costa, videro una luce di color rosso vivo che si muoveva in cielo. La luce volava a circa trenta metri di quota sul mare e, sotto la superficie dell’acqua, tutti i marinai poterono osservare una sagoma scura molto grande. Quando la luce passo a circa cinquecento metri dalla barca Nuova Lucia, non venne udito alcun rumore, ma l’acqua del mare si mosse, come quando si incontrano due navi e le rispettive scie fanno beccheggiare le imbarcazioni. Anche l’altro peschereccio subì dei forti beccheggi, anche se il mare era calmissimo. Il Ricci controllò al radar se risultassero navi vicine, ma questo non segnalò nulla.La luce percorreva un miglio nautico in circa cinque minuti.
Sighting Description: The crew of two fishing boats, the Nuova Lucia with Dino Vesprini and Rinaldo Spinozzi and the Libertà with Giuseppe Ricci that were five and a half miles and eight miles respectively from the coast, both saw a bright red light that was moving in the sky. The light was flying at approximately thirty meters of altitude above the sea and, under the surface of the water, all of the sailors could observe a dark shape that was very large. When the light got to approximately five hundred meters from the Nuova Lucia, no sound was heard to come from it, but the water of the sea moved, like when two ships meet and the respective wakes make the boats pitch. Also the other fishing boat endured strong pitches, even though the sea was calm. Ricci checked the radar to see if it might turn out to be nearby ships, but it didn’t pick up anything. The light covered a nautical mile in approximately five minutes.
Reference for the above text is:USOCAT by The Italian Center for UFO Studies (CISU), © 1996 by Marco Bianchini. http://www.cisu.org/
THE ADRIATIC TRIANGLE: WHALES OR SUBMERGED UFOS?
Some unusual marine events in the Adriatic Sea were quickly tied in to the UFO flap by the Italian press. Magazines like L'Espresso and Gente made mention of a column of water rising from the sea four miles out of Pedaso. Federicco Ricci, 35, and his son, Gabriele, 17, estimated the column to have hovered 100 feet high by 15 feet wide for a few seconds before falling fanlike back into the sea, leaving a large area of foam. The weather was clear and calm that morning, and the column of water was only about 500 feet away from them, yet there was no undertow. The two fishermen were to see this phenomenon again on the 23rd, along with another boat, the Patrizia, a little south of the first one.
Reference for the above text is: International UFO Reporter, Vol. 4, No. 3, Sept./Oct. 1979, p. 17.
UFOCAT PRN – 111310 [Pedaso]
UFOCAT URN – 111310 The International UFO Reporter, Vol. 4, No. 3, October 1979, p. 17
UFOCAT URN – NONE Unexplained Mysteries of the 20th Century by Janet & Colin Bord, p. 167, © 1989
UFOCAT PRN – 111310 [Cupra Marittima]
UFOCAT URN – 125395 Lumières dans la Nuit, October 1981
Europe – Italy, Marche
Pedaso Latitude 43-06-00 N, Longitude 013-50-00 E (D-M-S) [populated place]
Cupra Marittima Latitude 43-01-00 N, Longitude 013-51-00 E [populated place]