Go Back Report # 900
A large number of "USOs" have been seen in the Santa Monica Bay and Santa Catalina

01-22-1968

[Yellow highlighting done by me –CF-]

CG Search for Mystery Sea Object   

       The Coast Guard continued its search at daybreak today for a mysterious unidentified floating object an Avalon Sheriff’ s deputy claimed exploded, burned and disappeared in the fog.     

       Sheriff's Deputy Richard Callen said he saw a large vessel with "lights in its "portholes" sailing in channel waters north to northwest of Catalina Monday before dawn.        

       Suddenly a bright light illuminated waters around the object, and minutes later a series of flares were fired into the air from the object, he said.

       Next, Cullen said, he heard a "loud thump" resembling an explosion, followed by what appeared to be flames. There was a second explosion, and the flames burned about 45 minutes before dying, the deputy said.          

       But, before a Coast Guard cutter and helicopter could check the area, a dense fog fell. The Coast Guard continued its search later, but said they could find no trace of debris.              

This reference: Long Beach California Independent (News Clip), dated JAN 23, 1968           

AND    

Letter from:    

UNITED STATES COAST GUARD       

                                                                                                Eleventh Coast Guard District

                                                                                                Heartwell Bldg.

                                                                                                19 Pine Ave.

                                                                                                Long Beach, Calif. 90802        

                                                                                                8 February 1968         

Mr. (Witness Name)

Witness Address

Long Beach,   California  90807          

Dear Mr. (Witness Name):      

In reference to your letter of 3 February, the Coast Guard searched on the 21st, 22nd and the morning of the 23rd of January for the unidentified object without success.  At the completion of the search on the 23rd,   the case was suspended pending further developments. To my knowledge no natural explanation has been offered.

If you have any further questions,   do not hesitate to ask.  

                                                                        Sincerely,        

                                                                        (Signature)     

                                                                        R. R. POPE

                                                                        Captain, U.S. Coast Guard

                                                                        Chief, Search and Rescue Division

                                                                        By direction of the District Commander           

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UFOCAT PRN - 76874

UFOCAT URN – NONE    Long Beach California Independent (News clip), dated JAN 23, 1968

UFOCAT URN – 076874 Shadow of the Unknown by Coral Lorenzen, p. 86, © 1970  

North America – United States, California

Avalon              Latitude 33-20-34 N, Longitude 118-19-37 W (D-M-S)

Catalina           Is the island of Santa Catalina

Santa Catalina Latitude 33-23-00 N, Longitude 118-25-00 W [Island]

The “Channel waters” would be the San Pedro Channel opposite Los Angeles.

Reference: http://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/gnis/web_query.gnis_web_query_form  

UFO Location (UFOCAT) Latitude 33.42 N, Longitude 118.42 W (D.%) 

 



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