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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.

AUGUST 1978, FUZETA, ALGARVE, PORTUGAL, SEVERAL CHILDREN:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

Ufologists Vicente-Juan Ballester Olmos and Fernandez Peri reportedly noted in their 1987 book that in Fuzeta, Algarve, Portugal, on August 1978, at 11:30 p.m., at a place called "The Fisherman's Quarter", several children that were playing outside saw a bright metallic object land nearby.

Several tall human-like figures wearing gray coveralls emerged and walked briefly around the object.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-001068
Date of event: August 1978
Earliest report of event: 1987?
Delay of report: Day, 9 years?
Witness reported via: Not known.
First alleged record by: Ufologists Vicente-Juan Ballester Olmos and Fernandez Peri.
First certain record by: Ufology catalogue Rosales.
First alleged record type: Ufology book.
First certain record type: Ufology catalogue.
This file created on: April 21, 2012
This file last updated on: April 21, 2012
Country of event: Portugal
State/Department: Algarve
Type of location: Not reported, outside.
Lighting conditions: Night
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: Yes
UFO departure observed: Not reported.
UFO/Entity Relation: Certain
Witnesses numbers: Not reported. Several.
Witnesses ages: Not reported. Children.
Witnesses types: Not reported. Children.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: Not reported
Type of entities: Human
Entities height: Tall
Entities outfit type: Outfit.
Entities outfit color: Grey.
Entities skin color: Not reported.
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: Not reported.
Entities fingers number: Not reported.
Entities hair: Not reported.
Entities voice: None reported.
Entities actions: Came out of UFO, walked around UFO.
Entities/witness interactions: None reported.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed, went.
Witness(es) feelings: Not reported.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: Possible confusion, helicopter.
Explanation certainty: Low.

Narratives:

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

Albert Rosales indicates in his catalogue that in Fuzeta, Algarve, Portugal, on August 1978, at 2330, at a place called "The Fisherman's Quarter" several children that were playing outside saw a bright metallic object land nearby. Several tall human like figures wearing gray coveralls emerged and walked briefly around the object. Around the same time there were many other sightings by locals of objects approaching the ground, usually coming in from the ocean.

Albert Rosales indicates that the source is "Ballester Olmos, Fernandez Peri Enciclopedia De Los Encuentros Cercanos Con Ovnis."

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that in August 1978 at 23:30 in Fuzeta, Algarve, Portugal, "At a place called "The Fisherman's Quarter" several children that were playing outside saw a bright metallic object land nearby. Several tall human like figures wearing gray coveralls emerged and walked briefly around the object. Around the same time there were many other sightings by locals of objects approaching the ground, usually coming in from the ocean."

The source indication is a broken link.

Points to consider:

The lack of data and other issues - listed low - are terrible in this case.

I wish the shape was given, the dimensions, if it was noisy or silent, if it carried identification marks, if it had a rotor etc.

The description of the occupants is also poor. They are "human like", Exactly human? Or only evoking the human silhouette?

Let's add to that it was in the night, that the observation distance is by no means stated - is "nearby" 10 meters, 100 meters, 500 meters? - that the witnesses are children, perhaps very young, that thre were talks of UFOs in the area. So it is a possibility, without being a certainty, that very young kids saw in the dark of night a helicopter land in the distance, with its crew, and having heard about UFOs from adults, they thought they saw one.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Severe April 21, 2012 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Primary source not available. Help needed. Opened.
2 Ufology Severe April 21, 2012 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Totally insufficient description. Help needed. Opened.
3 Ufology Severe April 21, 2012 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Nature and origin of report unknown: newspaper, rumor, anonymous letter, investigated case...? Help needed. Opened.
4 Ufology Severe April 21, 2012 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Case with no named witness. Help needed. Opened.
5 Ufology Severe April 21, 2012 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Observation conditions missing: distance, lighting, duration. Help needed. Opened.
6 Ufology Severe April 21, 2012 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross No sign of investigation or checking. Help needed. Opened.

Evaluation:

Possible confusion, helicopter.

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 April 21, 2012 Creation, [ar1], [ud1].
1.0 Patrick Gross April 21, 2012 First published.

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