Go Back Report # 571


       During my 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.

       At this 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 the investigation.                                                                                                                      

This reference: UFOs: The Secret History by Michael Hesemann, pp. 415-416, © 1998.        

UFOCAT PRN – 125468 [DOS: 03-04-1979]

UFOCAT URN – 153594 Newspaper Clipping, June 15, 1979

UFOCAT URN – 125468 Lumičres dans la Nuit, November 1979         

UFOCAT PRN – 125468 [DOS: 03-05-1979]

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

Puerto Rico      Latitude 27-47N, Longitude 15-42 W (D-M)

Reference: http://www.albasailing.com/ingl/Private_Marinas.htm     

UFO Location (UFOCAT) Latitude 28.75 N, Longitude 15.67 W (D.%) [URN 125468]

                                      Latitude 27.10 N, Longitude 16.83 W [URN 130216]


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