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UFO Sighting Report


August, 1962


Libyan Arab Jamahiriya


On deck after mid-night clear calm night, saw what was an extra large star shining bright white moving fast across the sky in straight lines then cut back on itself at approx 45 degrees without stopping as if creating an isosceles triangular movement without any rounded corners as if mapping out the sky travelling very very fast watched this for about 10 mins.

Date Reported:

11/10/2013 3:45:49 PM

Sighting Time: 

00.20 am



No. of Witnesses: 



10 mins

Appearance / Description of Object(s)

Exceptionally large bright star

Distance to Object(s) & Altitude

Difficult, 50 100 miles form deck of ship looking up at about 50 degrees

Description of Area / Surroundings

40 miles of North African coast in Mediterranean

Full Description & Details

I was an engineer 23 yrs old sailing on board the BP Tanker "British Skill" sailing towards the Suez canal. I had just came of "watch" just after mid-night, a beautiful calm night, clear visibility could just make out faint lights of coastal township on horizon and stars could not be clearer. I saw this what I can only describe as a larger than most bright star moving in straight lines and cutting back on its self at 45 degrees all in the one movement go to a point cut down to the original start point as if forming a triangle then move of and create another triangular movement. this was over a large area of distance. Knowing what I know now about what I have seen recently within the past 20 years i.e visible satellites in the night sky this object must be travelling in the tens of thousands of miles per hour. My fellow engineer on watch that night stood and witnessed it with me for a few minutes before it just shot off. I am now 75 years old and have never seen anything like that in the night sky since then.

Can sighting be explained as any conventional man-made or natural object?

I have always thought to this day with my limited amount of knowledge that the technology was then and even today not capable of such a manoeuvre with rocket or aircraft

Witness Background

Served 5 yrs engineering appr. did 2 yrs National Service, engr. inpector with Honeywell Ltd ,Howden Compressors ltd, Barr @ Stroud Oilfield supplies for North Sea Oil companies all in Scotland

Views on UFOs, before and after sighting

From childhood always thought it was comic book imagination style. I believe in what I saw that night. and have never seen anything like it since.

Reported Sighting? 



Tom Wotherspoon

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