Note the date
discrepancy on two versions of the same story. However, one of them is more
UFO's Cause Panic, One
In the past six months, UFO close
approaches have led to one observer's death and have badly frightened other
witnesses in the U.S. and South America.
At Santa Rita, Venezuela, a fisherman
drowned when he and panic-stricken companions jumped from their boats as a
huge, glowing object approached.
It was Oct. 6, 1961, about 11 p.m., when the enormous UFO
appeared from the north, its glow lighting up the town. As it slowly crossed Lake
Maracaibo, casting its glare on the fishing boats, dozens of terrified
fishermen leaped overboard. One man, Bartolmι
Romero, went down in the frantic swim for safety. The others made shore,
unnerved by the encounter.
This reference: The U.F.O. Investigator, Vol. 2, No.
3, January-February 1962
startling information was contained in a regular report from APRO's Venezuelan representative, Horacio
Gonzales Ganteaume. In September, 1961, a huge "fireball"
maneuvered above the boat of five fishermen, on the southern part of Lake
Maracaibo. The fishermen, frightened out of their wits, threw themselves into
the water and swam toward shore. Four of them managed to reach the shore, but
the fifth did not turn up. The survivors swore they "never saw
anything like it in our lives."
This reference: Flying Saucers The Startling Evidence of
the Invasion from Outer Space by Coral E. Lorenzen,
p. 184, © 1966
UFOCAT PRN 34758 [09-??-1961]
UFOCAT URN 034758 Flying
Saucers The Startling Evidence of the Invasion from Outer
Space by Coral E. Lorenzen,
p. 184, © 1966
UFOCAT URN 034759 Computerized Catalog (N=3173), #1475 by L. Schoenherr, no © date
UFOCAT PRN 108350 [10-06-1961]
UFOCAT URN 108350 UFO
Investigator, publication of NICAP, February 1962, p. 1
UFOCAT URN 101834 Flying
Saucer Magazine (Palmer), May 1963, p. 39
UFOCAT URN 114215
Confrontations by Jacques Vallee, p. 126, © 1990
UFOCAT URN 170608 *U* UFO
Computer Database by Larry Hatch, # 06117, © 2002
UFOCAT URN 065071
Computer Catalog of Type 9 Cases (N=150) by Brad Sparks, no © date
South America Venezuela, Zulia
Santa Rita Latitude 10-32-17 N, Longitude
71-31-01 W (D-M-S)
Lake Maracaibo Latitude
9-40 N, Longitude 71-30 W (D-M) [Lago de Maracaibo]
Gazetteer, prepared in the Office of Geography, Department of the Interior,
Washington, D.C., August 1961.
UFO Location (UFOCAT)
Latitude 09.22 N, Longitude 72.22 W [URN 170608] (D.%)
Latitude 09.25 N, Longitude 71.50 W [URN
065071 & 034758]
Latitude 10.00 N, Longitude 71.50 W [URN
101834 & 114215]
Latitude 10.73 N, Longitude 71.62 W [URN 034759]