CISU Case: 098
Location: Campo Marino (TA)
Category: A (Completely submerged objects and lights)
Original Source: Inchiesta di
A. Cassano del 14/11/93; "Il Giornale dei Misteri" n. 272 pp.
60-61; “UFO” n. 18, luglio-dicembre 1996; “Ufo news Magazine” n. 3 pag. 54;
scheda SUF n. 4498.
Sighting Description: Questo
caso è stato catalogato come U.S.O.1
perché si tratta dell’unico caso italiano presente nell’UsoCat che sia stato
inchiestato con una metodologia d’indagine ufologica scientifica, da un
ufologo serio, che ha intervistato i testimoni senza alcun pregiudizio o
persone che stavano pescando con il palamito a bordo di una piccola
imbarcazione, durante la notte, si accorsero che tra i 500 ed i 1.000 metri
da loro il mare era diventato chiaro, come se una grossa scia si fosse resa
visibile in punto particolare. Uno dei tre guardò l’ora ed erano le 03:00.
Pensando che si trattasse di un sommergibile in emersione, i tre rallentarono
la velocità della barca ed a quel punto videro un oggetto, probabilmente di
colore grigio chiaro e dai contorni un po’ sfuocati, che emerse dal mare
senza alcun rumore e senza generare spruzzi. L’oggetto emerse con
un’angolazione di 60°-70° e scomparve in cielo ad altissima velocità. Poco
dopo essersi alzato in cielo, cambiò rapidamente direzione. L’inquirente
conclude la sua relazione avvalorando la testimonianza dei tre, che sono
persone serie e conosciute e che, come affermato dall’inquirente stesso,
potevano benissimo aggiungere particolari se avessero voluto inventare la
Personalmente ritengo questo caso un U.S.O. solo perché è stata
compiuta un’indagine scientifica con una seria metodologia; il racconto in
sé, a giudizio personale del curatore dell’UsoCat2, poteva essere classificato come “informazioni
insufficienti”, così come ve ne sono molti all’interno del presente catalogo.
Sighting Description: This case has been filed as a U.S.O.1
because it is the only Italian case that has been investigated with a
scientific ufological methodology, by a reliable Ufologist who has
interviewed witnesses without prejudice or preconceptions.
people who were fishing with a trawl aboard a small craft during the night
noticed that between 500 and 1000 meters away from them the sea had become lighter, as
if a large wake had become visible in a particular spot. One of them
checked the time and it was 3.00 am. Thinking that it was a submarine
emerging, they slowed the boat down and at that moment saw an object, probably light
grey in color with a blurred outline, emerging from the sea noiselessly and
without creating any spray. The object emerged at an angle of 60 – 70°
and swiftly disappeared into the sky. Soon after becoming airborne, it
rapidly changed direction. The investigating officer concludes his account
supporting the testimony of the three fishermen, who are well known and
reliable people and who, he affirms, could have easily added more detail if
they had wanted to make the story up.
I keep this case in the U.S.O only because a scientific enquiry with a proper
methodology was carried out. The story itself, in the personal opinion of the
editor of the USOcat2, should be classified as having
‘Insufficient Information’, as are many other cases in the present catalogue.
1 U.S.O. –
Unidentified Submerged Object (Oggetti Sommersi Non Identificati)
Italian Catalog of Unidentified Submerged Objects (Catalogo Italiano Degli
Avvistamenti Di Oggetti Non Identificati)
This reference: USOCAT by The
Italian Center for
UFO Studies (CISU) © 1996 by Marco Bianchini.
FISHING USO (UNIDENTIFIED SUBMERGED OBJECTS)
between 25/26 of August 1984, appeared to be like any other night in that
period of time with clear sky without clouds, and quiet sea. In such a night,
however, an unusual strange event, “dammed” according to Fort, took place in Italy, off Apulia
shore. Someone saw a
strange object, a USO, the equivalent of the UFO, emerging from the sea.
This event has recently been investigated by an officer of CISU and regarded
three friends who are amateur fisherman.
About three o’clock in the morning of
the 26th of August, the three friends were sailing in their
small motorboat, off Campo Marino, a village located at 40 km from Taranto. They were
going to put off a system of baits with many fishhooks. While they were
sailing up the coast towards Torre
Ovo, about three km off the same
coast, in the sea; they
noticed an indistinct, whitish light that was moving opposite to their
direction. The three friends estimated that the light was at about
500/1000 meters distant from their boat. The apparent dimension of the object
was about the space between the nods of the second and fourth fingers (4/5
cm) of a fist shape, placed at a distance of an arm. At the beginning “we
thought”, said the three friends, “that it was a submarine emerging from the
sea”. It appeared as if there was something underneath, a light that was
lighting the sea, however, it was completely circumscribed as the witness
reported. But suddenly,
a totally unforeseen thing happened, a round-shaped metal–grayish mass was
emerging from the water. This indistinct object, void of details as
regarded its surface, was emerging vertically from the sea, subsequently it
changed direction, bending its trajectory of about 60-70 degrees, in regard
to the perpendicular axis. Everything happened without stopping its movement:
emerging from water, departing upward from water and bending its trajectory.
These were not hovering maneuvers. The speed of diagonal movement was very
fast, as the object was disappearing from the visual field of the viewers in
about 3-4 seconds, towards the Apulia shore,
east or south/east direction, just opposite the direction of the boat.
sighting no sound was perceived, this fact induced the witnesses to exclude
that the object was a missile launched by a submarine. The three friends could not
see any water sprays coming from the sea nearby, or traces of light in
the sky caused by the same phenomenon. After the sighting the three friends
started fishing again and for the whole night they did not notice anything
unusual. No event similar to this one, was noticed occurring in future times,
by other witnesses going there for other fishing sessions.
possible to interview only one of the three witnesses, Gaetano N.
as the others, a warrant officer and a custom officer refused to be involved
in the investigation about the event, fearing that the rumor about their
names might harm their military careers.
to Arcangelo Cassano,
the agent of the investigation who had known the witness for a couple of
N. is known as serious, reliable
person, not at all inclined to easy fancies. He is a person who can be
trusted entirely. So far the object of this event is identified to be a
USO (Unidentified Submerged Object) strictly speaking.
This reference: UFO – Magazine of Ufological Information
(Bi-Annual), #18, July-December 1996, p.33. With thanks to Marco Bianchini of CISU
(Centro Italiano Studi
Ufologici), Italian Center
of Ufological Studies. http://www.cisu.org/
UFOCAT – NONE
Europe – Italy, Taranto
Apulia Latitude 40-30 N, Longitude
18-00 E ( D-M ) [ Peninsula ]
Campo Marino Latitude 41-57 N, Longitude 15-02 E ( D-M )
Taranto Latitude 40-28 N, Longitude 17-14
Ovo Latitude 40-18 N, Longitude
17-31 [ Torre Dell’ Ovo – Tower ]
This reference: Italy Gazetteer, United States Board On
Geographical Names, Department of the Interior, Washington D.C., August 1956.