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Sighting Report
Occurred : 12/10/1968 00:30 (Entered as : 12/10/68 00:30)
Reported: 3/22/1998 00:36
Posted: 1/28/1999
Location: Abbeville (Lake Secession), SC
Shape: Disk
Duration:5 min
I had a close incounter with a UFO/(saucer/disc). Craft hoovered about ten feet over my head, backed off, lowered to eye level, then raised and hoovered over head again.

It was about 12:30am, Lake Secession, in Abbeville, SC. This event occurred aprox. a quarter of a mile from a hydro-electric dam.

I was alone when I noticed a whirring/whining dynamo type of sound outside. I saw an amber colored flashing light reflecting on the trees outside. When I walked out the door, overhead I saw a flying saucer (saucer/disc about 35 feet across and about 10 feet in height) hoovering above me no more than ten feet. There were four sets of lights (each set had three rotating amber lights) which bathed the area in amber. The outter skin of the ship was what appeared to be a silvery/shiney metalic color. I recall being terrorfied beyond description to the point where I could not move. (the house I was in was one of those lake houses that was on "stilts" where the outside deck was about 8 feet off the ground. Also the lake house had twelve sides and would look circular from the air) After hoovering overhead, the craft backed away some twenty (20) feet and lowered to where it would be almost eye level with me. This craft was a saucer shape with a smaller dome on top. The top dome had a round porthole (window) that was opaque/translucent and I could see that there was a white, low intensity light inside. Due to the type of opaque/translucent characteristic of the porthole...I could not see if there was anything inside; however, I "knew" that something was in there and it was looking at me. The craft then raised up, came forward directly over head and hoovered. This event lasted approximately 5 minutes; although, there are gaps in my memory as to what exactly happened. The craft then sped off effortlessly about 200 yards and hoovered momentarily over the Lake. Then it sped off at a 45 degree angle towards the southwest at such a speed that I could not even begin to estimate, until it vanished from my sight into space. That evening it was a crisp, winter night and the sky was clear giving me an excellent unobstructed view of the craft and the sky as it was departing. As far as my background. At the time, I was 17. I'm a white male. I currently am college educated with a degree in General Business. I am also a Vietnam Veteran and spent about 3 years on a US Naval Destroyer and have put in many hours as lookout while at sea. I have been trained to spot and identify various types of aircraft and missiles. This craft was not identifiable to any aircraft in existense in the United States or any other country's millitary or civilian air force. I've always had the feeling that there was something else that happened that night. I have a gap in my memory as to all of the events that occurred that night. I wish that there was someone that I could talk with about this.


((ADDENDUM TO ORIGINAL REPORT))

Change discription of noise....I need to make a change to my earlier report that I sent in.

I just entered a report last night....please change the sound that the UFO made. I had originally typed in it made a Whirring/whining sound. It was a whirring/whooshing noise. Also...several years later...I had bumped into a fried that I had known for a very long time and after years of not seeing him. He asked me "whatever happened with that UFO that you saw?" I didn't recall telling him about that and asked him what he meant by that. He told me that I had called him while the UFO was there...while it was over the house. The reason that I said that I have gaps in my memory abouth this encounter was that I never recalled being on the phone with him and telling him about the UFO being there. This more or less collaborates in a way, that this was happening. Also....an addition to my background I have had many years experience as a radio announcer and radio news reporter. At the time of this encounter...I had already had about 2 years experience in broadcast news gathering...so some of the details that I give are as specific as possible. I hope that you will make the changes in my original report that I sent in earlier. Thank you.....again. ((Name deleted))