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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.

DECEMBER 1978, MARTINS BAY, SOUTHLAND, NEW ZEALAND, SOMEONE:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

"Xenolog", author of a saucerist bulletin, reportedly told that in Martins Bay, New Zealand, on December 1978, early in the morning, someone woke up to an unusual buzzing noise.

Looking out, she saw what appeared to be a large object linking up with two smaller craft over the sea. The objects were rectangular in shape and she was able to see three men wearing dark wetsuit like garments perform what appeared to be repairs.

The men would climb down hanging ladders and enter the other objects; they also flashed silver, gold, and orange colored beams of light into the different objects. As the men finished, the objects quickly disappeared in the direction of Rangitoto Island.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-001136
Date of event: December 1978
Earliest report of event: 1979?
Delay of report: Day, 1 year?
Witness reported via: Not known.
First alleged record by: Saucerist "Xenolog".
First certain record by: Ufology catalogue Rosales.
First alleged record type: Saucerist.
First certain record type: Ufology catalogue.
This file created on: May 20, 2010
This file last updated on: May 20, 2010
Country of event: New Zealand
State/Department: Southland
Type of location: At sea from home window.
Lighting conditions: Probably night.
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: No
UFO departure observed: Yes
UFO/Entity Relation: Certain
Witnesses numbers: 1
Witnesses ages: Not reported.
Witnesses types: Not reported. Woman.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 3
Type of entities: Human
Entities height: Small
Entities outfit type: Wetsuit.
Entities outfit color: Dark.
Entities skin color: Not reported.
Entities body: Not reported. Men.
Entities head: Not reported.
Entities eyes: Not reported or not visible.
Entities mouth: Not reported or not visible.
Entities nose: Not reported or not visible.
Entities feet: Not reported or not visible.
Entities arms: Not reported.
Entities fingers: Not reported or not visible.
Entities fingers number: Not reported or not visible.
Entities hair: Not reported or not visible.
Entities voice: None reported.
Entities actions: Were doing repairs, went.
Entities/witness interactions: None.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed, went.
Witness(es) feelings: Not reported.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: Probable confusion, ship repair by men in the night.
Explanation certainty: High.

Narratives:

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

Albert Rosales indicates in his catalogue that in Martins Bay, New Zealand, on December 1978, early in the morning, the witness woke up to an unusual buzzing noise, looking out she saw what appeared to be a large object linking up with two smaller craft over the sea. The objects were rectangular in shape and she was able to see three men wearing dark wetsuit like garments perform what appeared to be repairs. The men would climb down hanging ladders and enter the other objects; they also flashed silver, gold, and orange colored beams of light into the different objects. As the men finished the objects quickly disappeared in the direction of Rangitoto Island.

Albert Rosales indicates that the source is "UFO Tasmania 1979, quoting Xenolog."

Points to consider:

All suggests that the woman probably saw men repairing a boat, with their blowtorches in the night, or a boat rescue operation by helicopter, and the story was not understood or distorted by the infamous "xenolog".

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Severe May 20, 2010 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Primary source not available. Help needed. Opened.
2 Ufology Severe May 19, 2010 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross No sign of investigation or checking. Help needed. Opened.
3 Ufology Severe May 19, 2010 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Nature and origin of story unknown: anonymous letter, newspaper, rumour, sensation magazine...? Help needed. Opened.
4 Ufology Severe May 19, 2010 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Single anonymous witness case. Help needed. Opened.
5 Ufology Severe May 19, 2010 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Important details that would have enforced or discarded that the UFOs were boats are missing. Help needed. Opened.
6 Ufology Severe May 19, 2010 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Nothing is said on the conditions of observation, no weather, no distance, no information on the clearness of the sky. Help needed. Opened.
7 Ufology Severe May 19, 2010 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross It is not said whether the objects left in silence or with engine noise, nor if they were on water or in the sky. Help needed. Opened.

Evaluation:

Probable confusion, ship repair by men in the night.

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 May 20, 2010 Creation, [ar1].
1.0 Patrick Gross May 20, 2010 First published.

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