Go Back Report # 599


A Submarine UFO

Reports of UFOs arising from a body of water are rare. It is particularly significant that the following case was reported directly to me by the lone witness, who happens to be an acquaintance of many years. He wishes to remain anonymous for the usual obvious reasons but my full taping of his long distance call from Kamloops, British Columbia, leaves no doubt to a listener that he was genuinely bewildered by his experience on Thompson River. Fortunately, we have in Kewlona, B.C., relatively close to Kamloops, an investigator of long standing and experience, Mr. W.K. Allan. He has kindly agreed to investigate and evaluate this case as far as is possible. This case will be followed up in the next issue of Frontiers of Science.

[Note from CUFOS this case was NOT followed up in the next issue of F of S]-CF-

TYPE: CE-I: [DD] + [CE-II ]

DATE: May 16, 1981

TIME: 2:30 p.m. PDST

DURATION: 1-3 minutes (?)


PLACE: Kamloops, British Columbia (Thompson River)

The witness is fishing on a bright, sunny afternoon in May. There are other people on the water at some distance. A small boat has just passed by when a noise "like water being poured into a hot frying pan" is heard. The water in front of the fisherman, about 100 to 150 yards away, suddenly bubbles. Out of the water rises a fifteen-to twenty-foot "typical" flying saucer. Slowly at first, it accelerates as it approaches the witness at a forty-five degree angle, passes directly over him, and then accelerates upward and, "zoom, it is gone."

The witness described the UFO as identical with a disc shown in my book The UFO Experience (the single disc high above the trees in the photograph section).

The witness was still in a shocked state when he heard a rain of pellets spattering down, ostensibly from the UFO. Fortunately, he collected a fair amount of the material, which was sent to the Center.

The witness is puzzled as to why this incident was not seen and reported by others, since it occurred in the vicinity of a good sized Canadian city. Shortly after the incident, he spoke to a hitchhiker along the highway which runs close to the river. The hitchhiker "did not want to get involved."

The absence of corroborating reports is disturbing. Did no one else see this truly unusual event? Or are there reluctant witnesses here, part of the army of the "bewildered silent"? This must be the answer unless we invoke the handy hallucination explanation. However, a hallucination that rains down material from itself might be considered a bit unusual !

The material in this section has been prepared by Dr. J. Allen Hynek, Director of the Center for UFO Studies, an international association of scientists and others seriously interested in the UFO phenomenon. Through the cooperation of the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) and its network of investigators, and of other UFO investigative groups both in the United States and abroad, and through the work of its own investigators, the Center offers the following as its contribution to the responsible reporting of the worldwide UFO phenomenon.

This reference: (Original) The International UFO Reporter, in The Frontiers of Science, July-August 1981, Vol. 3, No. 5, pp. 13-14


UFOCAT URN NONE The International UFO Reporter, in The Frontiers of Science, July-

August 1981, Vol. 3, No. 5, pp. 13-14

UFOCAT URN NONE Unexplained Mysteries of the 20th Century, by Janet and Colin Bord, p.

176, 1989.

North America Canada, British Columbia

Kamloops Latitude 50-40 N, Longitude 120-20 W (D-M)

Thompson River Latitude 50-14 N, Longitude 121-34 W

Reference: Canada Gazetteer, Prepared in the Office of Geography, Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C., November 1953


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