- UFO Sighting Report 17th August 1997
- After a long telephone conversation with Mrs E. Gourlay,
I was able to acquire this report. This is not the first time an object
of this size and description has been reported - the last was just off
the coast of Tully by Claire Knobel, independent researcher.
- Regards Diane
- Report By E. Gourlay - Eyewitness
- At approximately 7.10pm on the 17th August 1997 (the
full moon was on the 18th) we were driving north from Bororan to Boyne
Island in Central Queensland on a two lane highway. Depending on conditions,
the journey normally takes between thirty to forty minutes. It was a bright,
calm cloudless night, being almost full moon.
- We were in the area of an old station called Inveragh,
about forty two kilometres south of Gladstone. Heather was driving, her
two year old son was in the back seat and I was star gazing at a large
star/planet which stood out brightly in the north west sky. I was just
about to comment on it when something above and to the left hand side of
the windscreen blocked my view. My first thought was a low flying plane.
A couple of seconds later it was obviously like no other aircraft we had
ever seen or heard of.
- This craft was flying at a fairly slow and steady pace.
It was silent and not very far above tree top height as far as we could
tell. What I saw were two long horizontal rows of closely spaced, large
round multi-coloured lights with two shorter vertical rows of round multicoloured
lights at each end, effectively forming a huge rectangle. The vertical
rows seemed to extend a little beyond the horizontal, giving the impression
of cut off corners on the outside of the structure. The lights were steady,
not flashing as in a normal aircraft.
- As it flew from west to east over the top of the car
we were able to look up into the centre of the rectangle but it was impossible
to identify anything within, owing to the dazzle of the surrounding lights.
We both had the impression of a somewhat concave interior with grey/black
- In the clear moonlight we could see no wings or similar
structure beyond that which the lights were attached to. What may have
been above all this, we couldn't even hazard a guess. While Heather was
looking for a place to pull over, I looked back and all I could see was
one large bright white light skimming the tree tops and vanishing down
out of sight.
- Heather's recollection is basically the same regarding
the lights, huge size and shape of the craft and area sighting. She cannot
recall seeing the whole craft at any one time and I am of the same opinion
- except for a half remembered image of the craft at a higher altitude
as it went to the east (right) and behind us. The fact that Heather was
driving and looking for a place to pull over would have had that effect.
She recalls seeing structure on which the lights were fixed and I seem
to remember the lights following the contours of the craft. Heather tells
me she couldn't pull over suddenly because she thought there was a car
following behind. When we parked, no car passed us.
- The size of craft and lights,
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- along with the number of lights is very difficult to
determine owing to the element of surprise and I suppose, the very awe
of it all. Trying to compare sizes to known things and remembering the
time it took for the craft to fly over the car, we have come up with the
following estimation but we would not be prepared to swear to actual size
in a court of law!
- The craft would have been in the region of 250-300 feet
in length, (we have not even considered the width!) There could have been
anywhere from sixty to a hundred lights on the underside of it and when
I close one eye and try to 'frame a light with my hands I get a diameter
of approximately 5 inches at that height. The length of a football field
would be a close estimation of size, at one point it totally filled the
length of the windscreen. The colours were red, yellow/white, blue and/or
- A pilot friend has plotted the approximate co-ordinates
for me and they are; latitude 24 degrees and 10 minutes south and longitude
151 degrees and 28 minutes east. The car did not develop any electrical
problems and our journey took no longer than normal, allowing for time
parked off the road. I phoned the police station later that night to see
if anyone else had reported any peculiar craft in the vicinity, but the
reply was negative. He took my phone number to passs on to anyone else
who happened to phone, but I had no calls on the matter.
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