12-??-1997 PROBABLE HOAX (See explanation at the bottom)
ET Craft Emerges From Sea Next To Oil Rig!
From UFO Updates - Toronto
Permission to publish report:
First name: Jeremy Clark;
Surname: Packer; Age: 32; Occupation: Engineer; Year sighting took place: 1997; Month sighting took
place: December; Day sighting took place: Monday Time sighting took
place: 8:00 a.m.; Country: USA; Nearest town: Corpus Christi.
Description of area where sighting
took place: Oil Platform- 30 miles from shore of Gulf of Mexico. No land
masses...no clouds...heavy wind...several liners. 500 manned oil rig.
The UFO was sighted in or near a
Reservoir/River/Canal/Water. The UFO was sighted in or near an air route.
Did anyone else witness the sighting?:
Yes; Relationship of witnesses: Co-Workers.
Circumstances of the
sighting/experience: I had just woke up for our daily routine on the rig. Our
sleeping quarters were below sea level, so we all had to trudge up to the main
core housing to start work. It was about 7:58 to 9/19/99 8:00. [I believe this should have been
written 7:58 to 8:00. The sighting supposedly took place sometime in December
1997. This article was written on 01-14-1998, so I do not understand what 9/19/99 has to do with 1997.
However, this date is reused near the bottom of this article. -CF-]
My watch stopped ticking at 7:58 but I
don't know if my time was right. Everyone else's watch stopped ticking as
well with various times.
As I and about 20 other men neared our
stations to perform the daily greasing and releasing routine, we stopped cold
in our tracks. The bore that drills the hole into the ocean floor was bent
like a toothpick into a V-shape.
We looked at the underwater cameras to
recheck what our eyes saw and we couldn’t believe it. First off... this bore
is 140.65 feet thick made of solid steel. Nothing can bend it...let alone
something on the ocean floor...and it wasn't even on the ocean floor! It was
just right below the surface of the water about 200 feet...the amount of
pressure it would take would be equal to the sun's force.
We were dumbfounded.., then we got
scared! Everyone started hearing a rumbling noise, and we knew it wasn't the
engines running the platform bore...everything shuts off when something goes
wrong. Out of the west we saw what looked to be about 25-30 helicopters on
maneuvers... not an uncommon sight. What was uncommon was that the rig
commander came up and told us he had no alerts to any military maneuvers from
the Coast Guard that day. They usually alert us whenever they do these things
in our vicinity. Another peculiar thing was that the helicopters made no
sounds, none. ZIPP! Then we all ran to the west side of the platform...about
250 of us in all...the others were below sleeping...they have the night
shift. Then we saw something that totally changed us! All of the helicopters
stopped in midair and something LARGE...very LARGE surfaced beneath them.
It was a HUGE metal object about the
size of our platform! It just came straight out of the water and straight
into the air! It hovered over the helicopters for about 2 minutes. Enough for
us to use the telescopes to check it out!
It was as large as about two football
fields, concave underneath with 4 large bulbous domes in the concave part of
the bottom of it. It turned on its side and we saw that it looked like a huge
flying CIGAR which was tapered at both ends. On the top of the thing was
another concave indent that had lights circling within it.
Every color you could possibly
imagine! It was BEAUTIFUL! We heard the soft rumbling all throughout the
Then something amazing happened as we
stood there in disbelief. Like someone turning off a light switch...it was
gone. One second we were all looking through binoculars, telescopes and
through just our eyes...hell, it was close enough you didn't need the
devices! Then it was gone. I would say as fast as you could blink or a light
switch would turn on and off a light...it was gone.
The helicopters headed our way and
passed us overhead, again never making a sound. We could see that they had
absolutely no markings. Familiar with the stuff the military does around
here, we knew they weren't military craft. Some looked like they were
stainless steel, almost invisible, some were jet black. I counted 22...my
best friend counted 28.
Everyone had a different amount. We
all also noticed that our watches were about 30 minutes later than what the
time actually was when we got back to the mainland.
We were sent on temporary leave by our
bosses for what we reported so that 9/19/99 they could fix/repair/replace the bore on the rig.
I'm back at work now but I still look
out at the ocean every chance I get!
The height the UFO was from
the ground was about: 280 - 300 feet above sea.
Noise information heard during
the sighting: Rumbling sound for most of the sighting. Our watches stopped
The UFO was sighted for [ ] Minutes: 30.
manoeuvred. The UFO changed colour. The UFO
hovered. The UFO rotated. Was any photographic record made at the time?:
Did you experience any effects, i.e.,
loss of time: Yes...Ail (sic- all) our
30 minutes late/about the time
the sighting took place.
(Weather and Conditions) -
Windy (Weather and Conditions) -Cold (Weather and Conditions) –Daylight
This reference: Ben Field, UFO
Updates, Toronto, January 14, 1998, posted on Sightings website
These are the results of
inquiries into the 12/97 Texas Gulf Coast report. Beyond being a very unusual
report in an active area, there are restricted military exercise areas there,
so my interest was piqued by similarities to some previous investigations.
For the record, this message
documents evaluations of the January 14 UFO Updates Mailing List (URL below)
message, "UFO Report - Sighting at Sea - 12-97," submitted by Ben
On inquiry, Field responded:
"Unfortunately I have no contact information of the person who sent the
report. I am going to add a little statement at the top of his report asking
him to get in touch with me again. I, myself, would like to get more
information on the sighting as well as the photos."
A name search on several servers
identified no "Jeremy Clark Packer." There were seven Jeremy
Packers located in north-central states and one in a northeastern state.
There were five "Jeremy Clarks" located in Texas, none near Corpus
Christi. No reports resembling such an incident were found in Corpus Christi
area newspapers or from familiar UFO sources.
Initially, a number of suspicious
irregularities were questioned, including occupation title
"engineer" versus grammatical and technical errors in the
is 140.65 feet thick," and the entire series of comments about
the damage to the rig.
A highly qualified friend who has
worked in the oil industry thirty years advises, "Traditionally shifts
offshore are 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. It is suspect that a shift would be rising at
or near 8 a.m. Another suspicious fact is the large number of the crew,
totaling 500 as described in the report. This is way too large for any
drilling vessel whether it be a drill ship, semi-submersible, or any other
type operating in the Gulf. Additionally, the areas of active exploration 30
miles from Corpus Christi are way too shallow for either one of these types
of vessels and would typically be drilled by a 'jack-up’ rig. His reference to the size of
the 'bore,' which is definitely not a US oil exploration term, of 145-plus
feet ‘thick,’ is not a measurement that I or anyone in the business would
know. Further, the mention of the fact that it could not be bent and
if it were it would require the force of the sun (I don't have the copy here
so I'm paraphrasing) is very suspect as coming from a less than accurate
source. The reference to the ‘vessel commander' is not a term used in the
industry." He also strongly endorses the comments of the individual at
NASA/Marshall which follows.
An individual at NASA/Marshall submitted the following
comments (see Jan 15 message, "Re: Sighting at Sea - 12-97" on UFO
Updates Mailing List), "This just can't have happened. For one thing, I
have no idea what the guy is talking about when he mentions a 'bore' '140.65
feet thick' that 'drills the hole into the ocean floor.’ Oil drill stems
aren't within two orders of magnitude of that diameter. Next, if something
disabled a drill rig 30 miles off Corpus [Christi], it would be international headline news that
very night -- we're talking many thousands to millions of dollars of damage
to a private company. If no one else, at least their insurance company would
be mounting a huge investigation as to how the damage was done. And 30 miles
off shore is about twice the distance to the horizon, so a huge craft lifting
off would become visible in Corpus [Christi] itself
after rising only a few tens of feet from the surface. Again, think of it.
Kilobucks of damage, maybe more, and 250 witnesses, and this DOESN'T make the
news except on a ufo website? It ain't reasonable!"
My friend, above, works for the largest communications
provider in the Gulf, and they haven't even picked up any rumors, much less
electronic abnormalities, which would tend to substantiate the report; so, I think we can safely dump
this one — as interesting as it originally sounded.
This reference: Joe
UFOCAT PRN – NONE
URN – NONE UFO Mysteries Undersea
and Underground by Brad and Sherry
pp. 123-124, © 1999
North America – United States, Texas
Corpus Christi – Latitude 27-48 N, Longitude 97-24 W
Reference: The National Gazetteer of the United States of America, prepared
by the U.S. Geological Survey, Washington, D.C., 1990.
Gulf of Mexico – Bordered by the southeastern states of
the United States, Mexico, and Cuba. Approximate location: Latitude 25-0 N,
Longitude 90-0 W