done by me –CF-]
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.
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.
Long Beach California Independent (News Clip), dated JAN 23, 1968
UNITED STATES COAST GUARD
Coast Guard District
Beach, Calif. 90802
Mr. (Witness Name)
Long Beach, California
Dear Mr. (Witness
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
U.S. Coast Guard
Search and Rescue Division
direction of the District Commander
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,
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.
Location (UFOCAT) Latitude 33.42 N, Longitude 118.42 W (D.%)