Date from previous text in
In Sky Crash I had reported on
a case, which came my way from a witness who had been in Portugal on that
night. I had followed it up without connecting it to the Bentwaters
affair for some years. Then its problems suddenly became relevant.
The witness, Michael, contacted me on
16 January 1981 after his return to England. He wished to describe what he
had encountered. It was (he estimated) 21.15 on a very clear night with many
stars. Michael was with a local friend (Pedro) on the sea front looking
westward toward the Atlantic Ocean at a place called Paco
de Arcos near Santo Amaro. They spotted the object
traversing towards the southwest in a long slow arc. Michael commented that
although visually it resembled both things, it was "moving too slow to be (either) a comet or meteor." It was
pinkish red in colour and oval in shape with a long trail behind it. After
half a minute of this passage (during which both witnesses claim the sea was made turbulent)
the object changed direction and headed straight towards the young men (that
is south easterly). Passing right above their heads it finally moved off in
total silence above the mountains that are inland. Total duration was at
least two minutes, possibly longer. When directly overhead a sensation of heat was felt.
Remember this was on the Atlantic coast in late December. The night itself
was on the cool side, so both men were adamant about this heat being given
off by the object. That same night they both suffered sleeping problems and
headaches. Within 24 hours they had developed red itchy rashes on their
(exposed) Shoulders. Michael's lasted four days, but his friend's cleared in
48 hours (possibly being a resident of Portugal he was more used to the sun).
They are insistent it was not sunburn and the mild sensation of the rash was
exactly where the feeling of heat had been during the passage of the UFO.
I was very reluctant to connect this
sighting with the satellite debris that re-entered at almost exactly the same
time. Visually the description matched. Logically it could be nothing else.
Yet the strange effects reported by the witnesses (suggesting response to
some mild radiative field) would have to be pure
coincidence and unrelated. Also the satellite debris was far too high in
the atmosphere to chum the sea.
reference: From Out Of The Blue by Jenny Randles, pp. 208-9, © 1991. With
Thanks to Ms. Randles for permission to post to this site.
UFOCAT PRN 118589 [DOS:
UFOCAT URN 118589 From Out Of the Blue by Jenny Randles, pp. 208-9, © 1991
Note: UFOCAT PRN & URN 174935 are
possibly the same case although the date is 12-25-1980, the time of 21.20 and
the coordinates are the same. CF-
Europe Portugal. Body of water is the Atlantic Ocean
Paco De Arcos Latitude
38-41 N, Longitude 9-17 W (D-M)
Amaro Latitude 38-42 N, Longitude
Portugal and the
Cape Verde Islands gazetteer, Prepared in the Office of Geography, Department
of the Interior, Washington, D.C., April 1961
UFO location (UFOCAT) Latitude 38.70 N,
Longitude 9.28 W (D.%)