investigations on the Canary Islands, I came upon another remarkable incident
that occurred three years later. When the professional photographer Antonio Gonzáles Llopis set up his
camera on a tripod on a road leading to the Hotel Riviera in the neighborhood
of Puerto Rico on Gran Canaria, all he intended to
do was to photograph a picturesque sunset. The radio in his car was on and he
was listening to the sports report. It was March 5, 1979, at about 8:10 p.m. The setting sun
was veiled by a bright red cloud and surrounding it were beautiful concentric
rings of clouds in all the colors of the rainbow. The photographer took five
shots of the splendid spectacle in the sky, then
took some pictures of the fishing boats that were sailing before the coast.
He was about to dismount his camera when he suddenly saw something emerging from the ocean.
"The light was not at all white, more like old ivory, and very shiny. It came out of the water,
absolutely. I can swear to that. It rose into the sky at a tremendous speed.
The big ball of light looked like suddenly released energy. On the top the
UFO was shaped like a pyramid."
Llopis at once took a few pictures of it. The object
became bigger and bigger and then suddenly dissolved into the sky, and was no
longer visible. It was 8:15 p.m. the sports report on the radio had just come
to an end. The ascent of the UFO had lasted about 3 minutes. Meanwhile, other
people had also collected on the beach road, who had
come to watch the grand sunset and had now seen the UFO as well. At the same
time, thousands of people on the islands of La Palma, Gomera,
Tenerife, Hierro and Gran Canaria
saw this and got into a panic. The people of the little island of Guia de Isora, at the extreme
western end of the archipelago, were closest to the phenomenon. Women
fainted; some thought the end of the world had come and started praying; many
had nervous breakdowns and became hysterical. The searchlights of vehicles
went out and, in many cases, the motor stopped running.
time, an airliner of the charter company NAYSA was on its way from Las Palmas
to Mauritania. The
pilots of the airplane saw the object. Flight Captain Eufronio Garcia Monforte said,
"It rose up with a speed of over 13, 000 mph. At first, it was only a
bright light that changed in color from orange to red. Then, we saw that it
was a rotating cone. Finally, it took on the shape of a sphere of about 1,200
feet in diameter and its colour became a bluish
green." After 20 minutes, during which period the pilots could observe it directly as well as
on radar; the UFO vanished into the evening skies. Meteorologists
confirmed that it could not have been a natural phenomenon. UFO researchers
have found certain similarities between this event and the UFO appearance of
June 22, 1976.
Besides Llopis, there are 2
other photographers who captured the UFO on film: Gilberto Narranjo, employee of the television receiving station of
Izana, and the Dutchman William N. Lijtmaer who was on holiday in Tenerife.
During the following weeks, the Spanish Air Force
conducted extensive investigations, which was confirmed by the Commander of
the Second Division of the Air Force Staff. Llopis
was also interrogated and he said that he was "quite convinced that it
had been a UFO, which had its base under the ocean near the Canary
Islands." But this time the Air Force kept quiet about the results of
This reference: UFOs: The Secret History by Michael Hesemann, pp. 415-416, © 1998.
UFOCAT PRN – 125468 [DOS:
UFOCAT URN – 153594 Newspaper Clipping, June 15, 1979
UFOCAT URN – 125468 Lumičres
dans la Nuit, November 1979
UFOCAT PRN – 125468 [DOS:
UFOCAT URN – 130216 UFO Afri
News by Cynthia Hind, July 1995
UFOCAT URN – NONE
UFOs: The Secret History by Michael Hesemann,
pp. 415-416, © 1998.
Atlantic Ocean - Canary Islands (Spain), Gran Canaria
Rico Latitude 27-47N, Longitude
15-42 W (D-M)
UFO Location (UFOCAT) Latitude 28.75 N, Longitude 15.67
W (D.%) [URN 125468]
Latitude 27.10 N,
Longitude 16.83 W [URN 130216]