Go Back Report # 85

11-05-1970

 Saucer-Shaped Object Seen Over Cholla Bay in Mexico

      Weekly American News, Nov. 12, 1970, Phoenix, Arizona:—Albert Formiller, of Phoenix, frequently goes to Mexico to fish. Both he and his wife like the black sea bass which can be caught at Cholla Bay. 
     This last week he was down there but he didn't catch any fish. However, he has a story to tell, and according to Formiller, it is not a fish story.
     Following an afternoon of surf fishing last Thursday, he walked back down to the beach just to look around. At about 9 o’clock he noticed a light in the sky which seemed to be coming towards him
     He said that it was one of the unidentified flying objects that everyone has heard about. It was round and saucer shaped. It was also quiet. There was no wind blowing and the sea was quiet with no surf noise. 
     The UFO appeared to stop and hover about 200 to 300 feet above the water. Then it turned on a searchlight from the bottom of the vehicle and illuminated a spot on the water which Formiller said appeared to be about ½ mile across. The light extended almost to the shore. Formiller was standing about five feet from the water’s edge. 
     The searchlight was located within a tube and as the light was raised or lowered, the illumination was changed from a sharp spot to a wide floodlight on the surface of the water. 
     At first he thought that it was a helicopter searching for something,but there was no sound. After a few minutes a cloud was formed around the vehicle which did not appear to be caused by exhaust gases because there was no blowing of the cloud.
     After about five minutes of this particular behavior, the searchlight was turned on from the top ofthe vehicle, illuminating the upper part of the cloud. 
     The vehicle then started moving in a westerly direction and was visible for about 20 minutes. Other lights were visible on the ship which gave the cloud a green cast. 
     Friday morning Formiller asked some other fishermen if they had seen the strange light in the sky the night before. One man, who is a security guard at one of the industrial plants in the Phoenix area,said that he was just coming into the bay after having been out in the gulf all afternoon, and he saw the light in the air. He also said that he saw it move to the west with the greenish cloud around it. However, he was in another part of the bay and could not see the searchlight shining on the water. 
     Formiller, who lives at 3132 N. 40th St., said that he would "swear on a stack of Bibles against any government official who says that there are no UFO's that he saw what he saw.” 
     Bill Finch, ESP Columnist, is investigating the Cholla Bay incident.

 Credit: William (Bill) J. Finch

Reference for the above text is: Skylook (the original MUFON UFO Journal) December 1970, # 37, p. 5.
Original reference: Weekly American News, Nov. 12, 1970, Phoenix, Arizona

 ALSO

      Cholla Bay, Mexico. November 5, 1970—Albert Formiller, Phoenix, Ariz., was fishing for black sea bass in Cholla Bay about 9:00 p.m. when he observed a light in the sky coming from a circular saucer-shaped object. The sea was quiet. The object appeared to stop and hover about 200 to 300 feet above the surface of the water. A light appeared from the bottom of the object and illuminated a broad spot of water, which Formiller estimated to be perhaps one-half mile wide.   
     Formiller described the light as appearing to come from within a tube and changing from a broad floodlight to sharp spot on the water surface, apparently as the light was raised or lowered. There was no sound.
     After a few minutes a cloud seemed to form around the vehicle. Formiller does not believe this was caused by exhaust gases because there was no apparent "blowing" of the cloud from an exhaust. About five minutes after illuminating the water, the searchlight was turned off and a similar light was turned on atop the vehicle, illuminating the upper part of the milky cloud.
     The vehicle then began to move in a westerly direction. It was visible for about 20 minutes in all. Other lights on the strange vehicle gave the cloud a greenish cast. Similar reports came to the Phoenix Weekly American News from other Phoenix residents.

Reference for the above text is:Fate magazine, April 1971, pp. 19 & 22, “I See by the Papers.”
With thanks to Peter Hassall of New Zealand for forwarding me copies of this report.

UFOCAT PRN – 90433          
UFOCAT URN – 090433 APRO Bulletin, November 1970, p. 1   
UFOCAT URN – NONE   Skylook (the original MUFON UFO Journal) December 1970, # 37, p. 5           
UFOCAT URN – 051702 Data-Net Report, February 1971, p. 11           
UFOCAT URN – NONE   Fate magazine, April 1971, pp. 19 & 22, “I See by the Papers”          
UFOCAT URN – 100329 Flying Saucer Magazine (Palmer), June 1971, p. 34    

North America – Mexico, Sonora
Cholla Bay           Latitude 31-19-00 N, Longitude 113-37-00 W (D-M-S)
Puerto Peñasco   Latitude 31-21-00 N, Longitude 113-32-00 W
Reference: http://geonames.nga.mil/ggmaviewer/

 Note: The Spanish spelling for this small community is Bahía La Choya. The English spelling is Cholla Bay. It is close to the city of Puerto Peñasco, which can be easily found.
Reference: http://emol.org/mexico/puertopenasco/chollabay/





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