UFO mystery by cape town shoreJuly 7th, 2008 - 6:31 pm ICT by Bupha Ravirot
No certain answer whether it was a UFO, a ship in distress or just people firing off red distress flares. Mystery remains in Cape Town.
NSRI Bakoven station commander, Mark Thompson says the situation took place around 09.10 on saturday. The station was alerted to see a red distress flare about 500m off-shore at Bantry Bay.
“Within minutes of this report, further ones of distress-flare sightings were received from Lambert’s Bay, Yzerfontein, Bakoven, Hout Bay, Strandfontein on the West Coast, and also from Gansbaai (on the south coast).”
“All sightings reported were from credible and co-operative witnesses.” said he
One vessel known to be at sea at this time was the 37ft yacht, Mr B, sailing from Cape Town to Langebaan
Dr Peter Martinez of the SA Astronomical Observatory confirmed that there were no reports of meteor activity at the time of the reports. But there is going to be a further investigations to determind the possibility of meteor activity and/or space craft re-entry.
“NSRI Table Bay launched the rescue craft Spirit of Vodacom and a search operation covering Table Bay and along the Atlantic Seaboard was initiated”
“As the search operation progressed, NSRI Hout Bay launched rescue craft MTU Nadine Gordimer to join in the search”
“NSRI stations at Bakoven, Yzerfontein, Lambert’s Bay and Mykonos were all alerted and volunteers posted along the coast to watch for further flare sightings” said Thompson.
The investigation also conducted to see whether it is a shot from the car park.
“NSRI Hermanus investigated a flare report near Gansbaai which appeared to be unrelated to the suspected flares reported along the West Coast after police confirmed witnesses seeing the flare being activated near a car park in town.”
“After the search, covering a vast area of the West Coast, the ‘missing’ Mr B yacht was confirmed to be safe at Langebaan about 09:00 on Sunday morning.”
Along the West Coast, witnesses were questioned extensively on what they saw.
Most of the witnesses claimed they thought was a flare arcing downwards at a 70-degree angle, very bright and appearing to be very close in-shore and very close to the person observing the sight.
“NSRI rescue craft covered a large area searching for any signs of vessels in distress, but by 03:00 no signs of vessels in distress or further reports of flare sightings led to rescue craft being recalled until new information could verify a rescue requirement.”
“Maritime Radio Services broadcast an all-ships alert and there were no further suspected flare sightings.”