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California family recalls underwater UFO incident

A California witness at Avalon Harbor recalled an encounter from 1982 with an underwater UFO as the family sailed to Catalina, according to testimony in Case 72642 from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.

The witnesses’ mother first noticed a ‘huge lighted object’ moving near their boat underwater. Pictured: Avalon Harbor, CA. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

The witnesses’ mother first noticed a ‘huge lighted object’ moving near their boat underwater. Pictured: Avalon Harbor, CA. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

The event occurred on June 15, 1982.

“My stepfather and mother loved sailing in the 1980s,” the witness stated.“He owned a construction company and made good money. We would rent a sailboat for the weekend and sail to Catalina where my grandmother had a clothing store on the island. We sail over there many times.”

But the family had an odd encounter one evening when the witness, his stepfather and mother were sailing to Catalina.

“Around 8p.m. my mother yells to my stepdad to look over the port side and asked what is that? I looked and saw a huge lighted object moving fast under the water. My mother was very scared and went below.”

The witnesses’ stepfather did not know what the object was either.

The witnesses’ father had served in the navy and could not identify the object. Pictured: Avalon Harbor, CA. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

The witnesses’ father had served in the navy and could not identify the object. Pictured: Avalon Harbor, CA. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

“He was in the navy for years and sailed all over the world and knows ships and subs. It lasted around five minutes just going from one side and then the next in a crisscross pattern.”

The family steered away from the object.

“We sailed west moving away from it as it moved east. I never told anyone about this nor do we talk about it. My stepbrother is in the navy and worked on a LA class sub. We talked one night and he said just forget it and to not go there. I saw your show and had to write. The object was 50 feet in a circle and bright as more watts I have ever seen. I am an electrician and work on lighting and this thing was bright and gave off heat. My parents stopped sailing after that summer. I live less the 20 miles from the area and still think about it all the time. Very strange situation to be in.”

Avalon sits just off the California coast from Newport Beach. (Credit: Google Maps)

Avalon sits just off the California coast from Newport Beach. (Credit: Google Maps)

Avalon Harbor is the only incorporated city on Santa Catalina Island of the California Channel Islands, and the southernmost city in Los Angeles County, population 3,728. Please remember that most UFO sightings can be explained as something natural or man-made. The above quotes were edited for clarity. Please report UFO activity to MUFON.com.

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Roger Marsh is a UFO writer and content developer. He is Director of Communications for the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) where he manages media contact, rights and permissions, and content development for television, film, documentary, radio, print and stage. Roger is a MUFON case researcher for History channel’s “Hangar 1: The UFO Files.” He is editor of the monthly international MUFON UFO Journal, executive producer of the weekly “MUFON UFO Traffic Report” radio show; serves as the MUFON webmaster; reporter for the daily “UFO Traffic Report” in web and audio formats; and publisher of the “MUFON Books” imprint. He is the author of Sacred Dialogue, editor of Silent Invasion, and co-editor of Ron Paul Speaks. Roger was featured in the 2015 season premiere episode of Destination America's "Monsters & Mysteries in America." Roger and his wife, Joyce, live in Scottdale, Pennsylvania, restoring a 1910 Pennsylvania four-square.

4 comments

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    Another sighting of a USO (unidentified submersible object) in the Santa Catalina channel! I wonder what the witnesses would think if they knew how many other people there are who are having the same experience. Only a few months ago I presented dozens of similar cases of USOs in the Santa Catalina Channel at the MUFON Convention in Irvine, CA. Mile for mile, this area has produced perhaps more cases of USOs than any other area on Earth, which is why I think there might be an underwater alien base there. But that’s another story! Thanks to Scott Colborn of “Exploring Unexplained Phenomena” radio for alerting me to this case. And to Roger Marsh for reporting this case. Amazing.

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    Suzanne Bredlau Turgeon

    In 1956, my brother, who was in the Navy, witnessed a USO in the Indian Ocean. In the 1940s, there was also a report published in the Proceedings of the Naval Institute by a Merchant Marine captain describing similar activity around the Strait of Hormuz. Please refer to my blog, Underwater UFOs, at http://www.suzannebredlau.blogspot.com, for more details. As well, my late aunt told me about her nighttime sighting of a cone of light illuminating something out in the Channel ocean off the Santa Monica Palisades, around 1929. Fascinating stuff and not easily dismissed.

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    A similar sighting like this one took place in the Gulf of Carpentaria Australia, though there was more than one light, and they moved extremely fast (Giant squid?). One light could be a ‘towed naval array’, which the US & other nations Submarines use for communications purposes.

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    I witnessed a classic sighting from a hillside above the Yountville VA home where Steve Walsh and I dormed attending NapaJr. Col. On the GI bill. We had both returned from the war in Vietnam 1968.
    One Nov. night on our way from spotting deer above Yountville I pulled over on a hillside to relieve myself when I witnessed a classic free for all of lights zipping about the starry sky. Any one of about six would stop in the sky becomming lost among the stars only to move again with speed,. It went on for 20min before we gave up due to the cold night. There is more to this.
    Three nights) later was ann earthquake that jolted my dorm bed out into my room. It lasted20 to 30 seconds at least. A sizeable shake, that! I mention this because we felt shure we witnessed UFOs above Yountville that night, yet perhaos it may have been that are at times seen over falt zones before some slipping deep in the earth, stressed quartz the cause.
    What your thoughts on this?
    – Larry Lee Vaughn
    1LarryVaughn501@Gmail.com
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