A UFO Over Shag Harbor?

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EXACTLY half a century ago, on the night of October 4, 1967, residents of Shag Harbor, a quiet fishing community in Nova Scotia, Canada, were stunned to see four lights in a row, going on and off, hovering in an unnatural manner in the skies above the Atlantic Ocean. 

It was around 11 pm that clear, moonless night, when many residents around Shag Harbor and its neighboring communes spotted the lights.

“One would come on, then two, three, and then four — and they’d all be off for a second and come back on again,” Laurie Wickens, a 67-year-old fisherman who was on his way home, told the Canada National Post last September. 

Thinking that a plane was about to crash in the waters, Wickens and other witnesses immediately called the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and reported what they saw. The RCMP thought Wickens and the others were drunk or hallucinating but several members of the police also spotted the strange lights.

Soon later, Wickens and a dozen other villagers spotted an orange sphere “about the size of a city bus” bobbing on the waves about 300 meters from shore. At 11:20 pm, the lights suddenly headed fpr a 45-degree lunge to the waters and disappeared “without a sound.”

RMCP Constable Ron Pound witnessed the strange lights himself as he drove down Highway 3 enroute to Shag Harbor. Pound witnessed four lights, all attached to one flying craft. He estimated the craft to be about 60 feet long. By the time he arrived at the shore, Pound clearly saw a yellow light slowly moving on the water, leaving a yellowish foam in its wake. 

The Coast Guard immediately dispatched a naval cutter to the area where the lights disappeared, aided by local boats. By the time they arrived at the scene, they also saw the yellowish foam, but no other wreckage. 

 

Suspicions

Suspecting that a military plane crashed in the area, the RCMP immediately checked on military bases around the area. However, none of the military bases around Shag Harbor or beyond reported any missing aircraft, civilian or military. 

Divers were even deployed to the apparent crash site but nothing that can be connected with the strange lights was ever found at the bottom of the seafloor. 

“What sets this story apart is that the impact … was witnessed by several independent and very credible witnesses,” says Brock Zinck, a Nova Scotia seafood buyer and vice-president of the Shag Harbor UFO Society.

Past 36 hours, the Canadian Defense Ministry finally released a memo stating that the strange lights at Shag Harbor “might as well be a UFO”.

“A preliminary investigation has been carried out by the Rescue Coordination Centre in Halifax,” the memo says. “It has been determined that this UFO sighting was not caused by a flare, float, aircraft, or in fact any known object.” (OpinYon)