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On The Surface Of It UFOs Could Lurk

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Wed, 17 Jan 2007 13:02:36 -0500
Fwd Date: Wed, 17 Jan 2007 13:02:36 -0500
Subject: On The Surface Of It UFOs Could Lurk

Source: The Press-Telegram -  Long Beach, California, USA



On the waterfront

On The Surface Of It, UFOs Could Lurk

By Kristopher Hanson
Staff columnist

For nearly 60 years, rumors have circulated of strange flying
objects emerging from the ocean off our coast and disappearing
in a fantastic flash of speed and light.

Sailors, fishermen, dockworkers, police officers, coastal
residents and others have reported eerie otherworldly ships
emerging from and submerging into local waters.

UFOs, it seems, have established an underwater base somewhere in
the deep, dark recesses between the Channel Islands and the
coastline between Long Beach and Santa Barbara.

Despite a tendency to scoff at such conspiracies, I decided to
do a little investigating. You know, just to be sure.

To learn more, I contacted UFO researcher Preston Bennett of Los
Angeles, who appeared on the recent History Channel special
"Deep Sea UFOs."

Bennett reports more than 40 documented sightings off SoCal's
coast since 1947, including several in and around Long Beach-San

"In these types of cases, UFOs are seen moving into and out of
the water, floating on the surface and also traveling beneath
the surface," Bennett said via e-mail. "Many of these cases are
well-verified, with witnesses including police officers,
lifeguards, military personnel and other professionals."

Intrigued, I contacted Lt. Chuck Engbring of the U.S. Coast

Engbring wasn't familiar with any recent UFO sightings at his
agency, but recalled an incident not long ago where passengers
on a commercial flight departing LAX reported seeing an
unfamiliar object ascend from the sea to the sky off Point
Vicente in Rancho Palos Verdes.

That incident sounded strangely similar to a sighting in early
November at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. I called

Although no one could recall the Pointe Vicente incident, I was
referred to a July 22, 2002, sighting of a flying triangle off
the coast.

My next inquiry was to the LBPD.

They had nothing recent to report, but there's always the famous
images captured by LBPD helicopter pilots on Dec. 25, 2004.

At around 11:30 p.m. that night, the chopper's videocamera
recorded a strange glowing object floating through the Long
Beach sky. They forwarded the tape to local military officials,
who couldn't - or wouldn't - identify it.

A copy of the tape was even given to KABC and broadcast around
the world, but nobody could figure out what it was.

Maybe there was something to this UFO stuff after all?

My next inquiry was at Long Beach Airport.

Airport Spokeswoman Sharon Diggs-Jackson said that in December,
a resident reported seeing unusual lights moving erratically
across the night sky.

Airport officials couldn't explain it.

As I learned during my research, such sightings date back to
World War II, when reports of UFOs and USOs (unidentified
submarine objects) began surfacing around the area.

The mother of all sightings probably occurred on the night of
Feb. 24-25, 1942, in what became known as the "Battle of Los

Jittery from the recent attack on Pearl Harbor, military
personnel manning anti-aircraft weapons along the coast were
ready for action when reports spread of "unidentified aircraft"
approaching from sea.

When a bright object was spotted above Santa Monica Bay,
shooting began, and "the air over Los Angeles erupted like a
volcano," according to press reports at the time.

No enemy plane was ever found.

Many more incidents followed in the succeeding decades, though
thankfully none involved heavy weapons.

On Aug. 8, 1954, a Japanese steam ship, Aliki, was floating off
the coast of Long Beach when several crew members observed an
underwater UFO, Bennett reported in a February 2006 article
titled "Is There an Underwater UFO Base Off the Southern
California Coast?"

As the intercepted radio message from the ship reads, "Saw
fireball move in and out of sea without being doused. Left wake
of white smoke; course erratic; vanished from sight."

This was all getting a bit too weird.

The Press-Telegram's new offices high above downtown Long Beach
provide a perfect view of the port, harbor and beyond to
Catalina Island.

Despite my deep skepticism during research into this column, I
found myself staring out the window across the bay, hoping to
catch a glimpse of something strange emerging from beneath.

I'll let you know if anything pops into view.

Kristopher Hanson can be reached at:


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