Go Back Report # 937


Note the date discrepancy on two versions of the same story. However, one of them is more date specific.-CF-         

UFO's Cause Panic, One Death         

       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


       Some 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)

Reference: http://www.fallingrain.com/world/            

Lake Maracaibo            Latitude 9-40 N, Longitude 71-30 W (D-M) [Lago de Maracaibo]

Reference: Venezuela 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]           


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