4 Oct 1967 - Shag Harbour, Nova Scotia, Canada

4 October 1967 23:10
Shag Harbour, Nova Scotia, Canada

Police incident.

At 11:20 p.m. Atlantic Daylight Time at least one and most likely two separate UFOs dove or crashed into the ocean near Bon Portage Island, in the area of Shag Harbour, Nova Scotia, Canada . There were at least a dozen independent witnesses to the event. Canadian Navy divers searched the area for three days but found nothing. This followed a series of six UFO sightings across Quebec and Nova Scotia beginning at 7:19 p.m., when Air Canada Captain Pierre Guy Charbonneau, flying between Sherbrooke and St. Jean, sighted an orange rectangular object followed by a series of smaller lights, followed by a sizeable explosion near the large object that turned into a big white ball-shaped cloud. The cloud turned red, then violet, and then blue. Two minutes later there was another explosion that turned into a second sphere which was orange in color. Like the first one it too eventually faded to blue. The smaller lights on the "kite tail" broke formation with the rectangular object and began to dance around the spheres like fireflies.

Nautical UFO. Bright object enters water. Royal Canadian Navy investigation.
An object was observed. Metallic traces found.

One object, about 80 feet across, was observed by six male military witnesses, typical age 19, at a military facility for five minutes (Kendricks; Wiggins). A noise was heard.

A little bit after 2300 an unknown object with four bright lights flashing in sequence and estimated at 60 feet in diameter, was observed hovering over the ocean near this small fishing village. Suddenly the mysterious object tilted at a 45-degree angle and then rapidly descended to the sea below. Next there was an explosive noise and a bright flash of light. Calls were made to the Barrington Passage RCMP detachment. Initially, the authorities suspected that a conventional aircraft had probably gone down, and so the immediate concern was for the rescue of possible survivors. When three RCMP officers first arrived, they could still observe the mystery object afloat about a half-mile out from shore. One of them, Constable Ron Pond had seen the UFO before it went down, and was baffled by its unusual appearance. Out on the ocean, the object gave a pale yellow illumination and there was dense yellow foam on the water. When a coast guard lifeboat and several fishing boats managed to get to the site, the object had submerged beneath the waters, although sulfurous smelling yellow foam continued to emerge from the waters, creating an estimated 80 ft wide and half a mile long slick on the surface. Investigators came up with the following discoveries: There was a secret military recovery attempt, it appears, at a site some 25 miles up the coast near the community of Shelburne Nova Scotia. Reportedly, the military secretly watched as another mystery object beneath the waters approached and seemed to be making repairs to the first. In the meantime, a Soviet submarine violated the then 12-mile international shore limit, in an apparent effort to get close to the action. But then the two mystery objects began to move off together, heading towards the Gulf of Maine, where they allegedly resurfaced and flew off, witnessed in the vicinity of Yarmouth, Maine. The same night as the Shag Harbour "crash" there were several other substantial UFO sightings reported over eastern Canada. A fishing vessel, with 18 men onboard (the M V Nickerson) observed four UFOs off of Sambro, Nova Scotia. They even had solid returns on their Decca radar. This occurred about a half hour before Shag Harbour. Also prior to Shag Harbour, the pilot and co-pilot of Air Canada Flight 305 westbound between Sherbrooke and St Jean, Quebec, reported UFO activity.

Hynek rating: CR
Vallee rating: CE2
Vallee reliability rating: 444
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