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URECAT - UFO Related Entities Catalog

URECAT is a formal catalog of UFO related entities sightings reports with the goal of providing quality information for accurate studies of the topic. Additional information, corrections and reviews are welcome at patrick.gross@inbox.com, please state if you wish to be credited for your contribution or not. The main page of the URECAT catalog is here.

JANUARY 1977, PROVINCE OF HUANACO, PERU, JOSE ALVAREZ:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

At least one foreign newspaper reported on January 15, 1977, a story from Peru, according to which an search party is scheduled to leave Lima in the week for the high basin of Amazonia in order to check the claims of Jose Alvarez, a 20-year-old student, who stated that mysterious "little green men" had saved him from drowning.

He moved towards a river in the province of Huanaco, 420 km in the east of Lima, to get some water, when he fell into a marsh. In spite of his efforts, he could not get out of there and had lost all hopes to come out alive when suddenly, four small beings appeared. Utrering growls and making gestures, they handed out some branches to him, with which they dragged him to firm grounds.

Alvarez said that he then fainted from exhaustion and that when he came back to consciousness, his rescuers had disappeared. He described them as less than 3 feet tall, the body covered of green scales and having hands with three clawed fingers.

The student had told all that on a radio show called "Interplanetary Contacts", and the search party was to be lead by Carlos Paz Garcia, president of the "Peruvian Institute of Interplanetary Relations", who was the host of that radio program.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-000317
Date of event: January 1977?
Earliest report of event: January 15, 1977
Delay of report: Days, weeks?
Witness reported via: Not known.
First alleged record by: Ufology radio program.
First certain record by: Foreign newspaper.
First alleged record type: Ufology radio program.
First certain record type: Foreign newspaper.
This file created on: September 30, 2007
This file last updated on: September 30, 2007
Country of event: Peru
State/Department: Huanaco
Type of location: Tropical forest, marsh.
Lighting conditions: Not reported.
UFO observed: No
UFO arrival observed: No
UFO departure observed: No
UFO/Entity Relation: None
Witnesses numbers: 1
Witnesses ages: 20
Witnesses types: Student.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 4
Type of entities: Humanoid
Entities height: 0.90 meters.
Entities outfit type: None, scaly skin.
Entities outfit color: N/A.
Entities skin color: Green.
Entities body: Not reported.
Entities head: Not reported.
Entities eyes: Not reported.
Entities mouth: Not reported.
Entities nose: Not reported.
Entities feet: Not reported.
Entities arms: Not reported.
Entities fingers: With claws.
Entities fingers number: 3
Entities hair: Not reported.
Entities voice: Grunts.
Entities actions: Saved witness from drowning in swamp, using branches to drag him out.
Entities/witness interactions: Saved witness from drowning in swamp, using branches to drag him out.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed, fainted.
Witness(es) feelings: Not reported.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: Probable invention. Not UFO-related.
Explanation certainty: Low.

Narratives:

[Ref. lp1:] JOURNAL "LA PRESSE":

Hunt for the little green men

An expedition is to leave Lima this week for the high basin of Amazonia in order to check the claims of a student who said that mysterious "little green men" saved him from drowning. JosÚ Alvarez, a 20-year-old student, told during a radio program called "Interplanetary Contacts" his weird experience. He was moving towards a river in the province of Huanaco, in 420 km north of Lima, to get some water, when he fell into a marsh. "In spite of my efforts, I could not get out of it and I had lost all hopes to survive when, suddenly, four small beings appeared. Uttering growls and gesticulating, they held branches to me that allowed me drew to pull myself back on firm ground".

Alvarez claims that it then fainted of exhaustion and that when he was conscious again, his saviors had disappeared. "They were less than one meter tall, the body covered of green scales and their hands had three fingers with claws."

The expedition will be lead by Mr. Carlos Paz Garcia, president of the Peruvian Institute of Interplanetary Relations and host of the radio program.

[Ref. jb1:] JANET AND COLIN BORD:

These British authors specialized in the weird stories indicate that in January 1977, in the province of Huanaco in Peru, late in the afternoon, a young student had fallen into a marsh and was helped out by four scaly 3-feet-tall creatures, having three fingers at each hand. The small creatures handed out branches towards the student, so that he could get out of the marsh.

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

Albert Rosales indicates in his catalogue that in the Huanaco Province of Peru, on early January 1977, late in the afternoon, in a wooded area, a young student had fallen into a bog was unexpectedly helped out by four three-foot tall greenish scaly creatures with three fingers in each hand that held out branches to him.

Albert Rosales specifies: "No object [UFO] was reported. No other information."

Albert Rosales indicates that the source is Janet and Colin Bord, Unexplained Mysteries of the 20th Century.

Points to consider:

The case only amounts to a story told on the radio by a young student, without any further information or known corroboration. There is little sense in relating it to the question of UFOs.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Severe September 30, 2007 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Missing a primary source. Help needed. Opened.
2 Ufology Severe September 30, 2007 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Single witness report. Help needed. Opened.
3 Ufology Severe September 30, 2007 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross No known investigation report or results. Help needed. Opened.

Evaluation:

Probable invention.

Sources references:

* = Source I checked.
? = Source I am told about but could not check yet. Help appreciated.

Document history:

Authoring

Main Author: Patrick Gross
Contributors: None
Reviewers: None
Editor: Patrick Gross

Changes history

Version: Created/Changed By: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross September 30, 2007 Creation, [lp1], [jb1], [ar1].
1.0 Patrick Gross September 30, 2007 First published.

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