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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 2, 1978, SIMONSWOOD MOSS, WEST LANCASHIRE, U-K., FOUR YOUNG MEN:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

British ufologist Peter Hough reportedly indicated in a 1987 ufology book that in Simonswood Moss, West Lancashire, U-K, on January 2, 1978, at 11:00 p.m., four young men were returning home, driving on an isolated road in a flat area, and realized they had taken a wrong turn onto a narrow dirt road bordering a ditch.

They suddenly saw a 7-foot tall figure appear in the glare of the headlights 8 meters ahead. The being appeared to be wearing a white fluorescent one-piece suit with boots, it had no discernible facial features and it had very short arms ending in claws. It had a box with two flashing red lights on its chest.

The figure took two steps towards the witnesses and suddenly stopped. The witnesses panicked and left the area, driving to a nearby farm where they notified the authorities.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-000853
Date of event: January 2, 1978
Earliest report of event: 1987?
Delay of report: 9 years?
Witness reported via: Not known.
First alleged record by: BUFORA ufology book.
First certain record by: Ufology catalogue Rosales.
First alleged record type: Ufology book.
First certain record type: Ufology catalogue.
This file created on: September 11, 2008
This file last updated on: September 11, 2008
Country of event: U-K.
State/Department: West Lancashire
Type of location:
Lighting conditions: Night
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: Yes
UFO departure observed: No
UFO/Entity Relation: Certain
Witnesses numbers: 1
Witnesses ages:
Witnesses types: Not reported.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 1
Type of entities: Humanoid
Entities height: 2.10 meters
Entities outfit type: One piece suit with boots. Box with two flashing red lights on chest.
Entities outfit color: Fluorescent white.
Entities skin color: Not reported.
Entities body: Normal.
Entities head: Not reported.
Entities eyes: Not visible.
Entities mouth: Not visible.
Entities nose: Not visible.
Entities feet: In boots.
Entities arms: Very short.
Entities fingers: Claws.
Entities fingers number: Not reported.
Entities hair: Not reported.
Entities voice: None heard.
Entities actions: Was on the road.
Entities/witness interactions: None.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed, fled, reported.
Witness(es) feelings: Frightened.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: Extraterrestrial visitors.
Explanation certainty: None.

Narratives:

[Ref. 1:] :

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

Albert Rosales indicates in his catalogue that in Simonswood Moss Rainford, England, on January 2, 1978, at 2300, four young men were returning home and were driving on an isolated road in a flat boggy area when they realized they had taken a wrong turn onto a narrow dirt road bordering a ditch. Suddenly a seven-foot tall figure appeared in the glare of the headlights eight meters ahead. The being appeared to be wearing a white fluorescent one-piece suit with boots, it had no discernible facial features and it had very short arms ending in claws it also had a box with two flashing red lights on its chest. The figure took two steps towards the witnesses and suddenly stopped. The witnesses now in a state of panic left the area and drove to a nearby farm where they notified the authorities.

Albert Rosales indicates that the source is "Peter Hough, UFOs 1947-1987 The 40-year search for an explanation."

[Ref. dj1:] DONALD JOHNSON:

Donald Johnson indicates that on January 2, 1978, four young men were driving home on an isolated road in a flat boggy area called Simonswood Moss in Rainford, England when they realized they had taken a wrong turn onto a narrow dirt road bordering a ditch. Suddenly a seven foot tall figure appeared in the glare of the headlights, eight meters ahead. The being was wearing a white fluorescent one-piece suit with boots. It had no discernible facial features and it had very short arms ending in claws. It also had a box with two flashing red lights on its chest. The figure took two steps towards the witnesses and stopped. The witnesses panicked, left the area and drove to a nearby farm where they notified the authorities.

Donald Johnson indicates that his source is Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1978, case #377, citing Peter Hough, UFOs 1947-1987: The 40-Year Search for an Explanation.

Points to consider:

A confusion at an 8 meters sighting distance and involving 4 observers is doubtful and the figure is of high strangeness; however the story is barely documented, of unknown origin and without being proven to come from 4 people, no sign of investigation or checking.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Severe September 11, 2008 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Primary source not available. Help needed. Opened.
2 Ufology Severe September 11, 2008 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Anonymous witness or witnesses. Help needed. Opened.
3 Ufology Severe September 11, 2008 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Nature of report unknown: newspaper, anonymous letter, rumor, first hand...? Help needed. Opened.
4 Ufology Severe September 11, 2008 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross No sign of checking or investigation. Help needed. Opened.

Evaluation:

Extraterrestrial visitors.

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 11, 2008 Creation, [ar1], [dj1].
1.0 Patrick Gross September 11, 2008 First published.

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