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Did a UFO crash? Or was it just the weather?

[inspic=45,right,,thumb]South Africa’s News 24 web site was bombarded by 30,000+ visitors over the weekend after it published a story of an alleged UFO crash off the coast of Port Shepstone (see map).

Witnesses, including pupils and teachers at a school sports event, even fishermen were convinced they saw an Unidentified Flying Object crash into the just behind the breaker line.

Some witnesses even claim to have seen flames and smoke coming from the object. One reliable source (News 24 words not mine), who was on a nearby hill overlooking the sea, said the object trailed smoke behind it, and even after crashing, a column of smoke was visible for several minutes.

Local Police, the National Sea Rescue Institute and Margate air traffic control responded to the call that something had crashed into the sea, and fearing it was an aircraft that had crashed, a search and rescue effort was launched. But after a search covering more than 12 square nautical miles, nothing has so-far been found.

Craig Lambinon, spokesperson for the National Sea Rescue Institute said nothing had be found, even after an extensive search. Lambinon’s latest thoughts are that is could have been just the weather, as there are no reports of activity in the area that may be related to this incident and no aircraft have been reported missing or overdue.

“We will continue to monitor the situation, which remains a mystery,” said Lambinon, adding: “If there ever was something…”.

Related Links:
UFO crashes into KZN sea News 24
No sign of ‘UFO’ – NSRI News 24
Wanted: SA UFO spotters News 24
UFO crashes off KZN coast iafrica.com
Search for crashed ‘UFO’ on hold iafrica.com

It seems odd that so many people appear to claim they ‘actually’ saw something crash into the sea. I’m not sure what kind of weather they have off the coast of Port Shepstone, but could it really have been mistaken for a UFO? What’s you thought? Are there any UFO researcher in South Africa that would like to comment?


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In the late 80s I started investigating UFOs and crop circles and joined the CCCS (Centre for Crop Circle Studies) and a local group researching strange sightings and reports along the south coast of Dorset (UK). In the early ’90s I started my own research group called SPS (Strange Phenomena Studies), this was renamed in 2004 to Cryptoworld.

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  1. About 15 years ago (when we lived in Uvongo, South of Port Shepstone) the local South Coast newspaper – The South Coast Herald – reported an unusual sighting which a man, living a few km north of Port Shepstone had captured on video. Interested people were invited to contact this man, which I did, and subsequently went and viewed his film.
    He had been videoing his wife and child playing in the sea, close to shore. Beautiful sunny day and blue sky as a backdrop. The horizon was visible in the distance. Behind them, way out to sea – above the horizon suddenly appeared a small glowing object resembling a soap bubble – it hung in the sky for a few seconds. During that time the man’s voice was recorded as saying something like “Look at that” to his wife, who turned to look out to sea… The object then disappeared for a few seconds, then reappeared and ascended upwards more quickly than any aircraft I’ve ever seen. It went in a kind of curve upwards to disappear from view.
    I don’t remember the name of the photographer, sadly, but if you contact the South Coast Herald, surely their archives will have some reference to this strange sighting. Perhaps you might even be able to contact the man and view his video yourself.
    Hope you are able to track him down.

  2. Hi Helen, thank you for this story – it sounds very interesting. I will endeavour to try and contact the South Coast Herald and see if they can track the story down.

    Thanks again.

  3. i hope this story hasn’t completely dissappeared from sight. no pun intended.

    i’m very interested in reading more about findings or lack thereof. please keep up the research!

  4. Hi im a South Afican and around 1972-1974 i am sure as a kid i saw a ufo it happened near Newcastle (Natal) we were on our way to the drive inn no tv at that stage and on the way i observed a great big ball all coulours of the rainbow comming off it it looked like a spinning beach ball i told my mom and dad that i am seeing this thing and they just told me to be quiet and said nothing after the insident. i am convinced that i were not dreaming as i was verry excited to go to the drive inn although no one else ever mentioned this i believe there were others that saw this but kept quiet.

  5. As an after thaught it seems to be true that the SA Gov shot down a ufo in the Kalahari desert i spoke to some different people and there is a lot of different people that makes the picture more and more truthfull each one has a small piece but putting the puzzle together it becomes more and more interesting i think i might be stepping on some toes as all of a sudden i was refered from one person to the other and eventually they kept me waiting on the phone so much so that i had to hang up it definetely was a Mirage that shot it down with a Thor laser – magnetic impulse cannon that is where my info seemd to suddenly come to an abrupt halt so by now i have been expecting a visit by some (Men in Black) but thus far nothing yet.Cheers for now.

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