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Occurred : 8/12/2001 00:15 (Entered as : 09/12/01 00.15-30)
Reported: 8/12/2001 10:44
Posted: 1/26/2003
Location: Victoria (Canada), BC
Shape: Oval
Duration:4 Minutes
6-7 oval shaped objects witnessed traveling over Victoria British Columbia evening sky.

6-7 oval shaped objects witnessed traveling over Victoria British Columbia evening sky. I was attending a wedding reception last night at the Princess Mary restaurant in Victoria, British Columbia. At the restaurant on the top floor was an outdoor patio where guests of the wedding would go to smoke and socialize. The group (5 in number) which had gathered on the patio were talking about how beautiful the moon looked coming over the western horizon and we talked about the number of shooting stars which had shown themselves throughout the evening sky. Just as we finished discussing the shooting star, which I had just witnessed, one of the people in the group yelled, "What is that" and pointed above us looking east in the night sky. It was a group of about 6-7 oval shaped objects traveling in a straight-line formation. They didn't seem to be lit up by their own luminescence but since they were traveling over Victoria near the city center it looked as though the city lights lighted them up. The objects appeared to be a grayish in color. It was also hard to tell exactly what altitude the objects were traveling. We couldn't discern any noise coming from the objects throughout the entire sighting. They proceeded to move in a westerly direction until they began to form up into a new formation in an square/rectangular shape and began to ascend into the sky almost directly above the city center. At this point the videographer who had been hired for the wedding was called out on to the patio and we all pointed to the objects in the sky and told him to start taping the event. A few other people who came out on the patio also witnessed the formation and their ascension. The objects continued a slow climb in the square shape formation. As they got smaller we could see their lights flicker and at this point it was hard to make them out. However, we did see some of the objects seemingly streak off into space, but I do clarify at this point they had become faint star -like lights. All of us who witnessed the event just stood there in disbelief but we all had to agree we just saw something unexplainable and it clearly was a UFO sighting. The sighting happened on August 12, 2001 at approximately 12:15 AM to 12:30 AM. The duration seemed to be around 3-4 minutes and the weather was clear. My background is I'm an amateur historian and currently work in the IT industry. The other witnesses: One is a chef One is a student of Computer Programming The Videographer, I don't recall his background The person who first spotted the object has an insurance background The other witness who saw the whole event I do not know personally A few others who came out later during the sighting Come from various backgrounds.

((NUFORC Note: We spoke at length over the telephone with this witness, and we found him to be an exceptionally credible witness. We believe that the witnesses were looking into the southern sky, and the Moon was rising in the east, where it usually is seen when rising. Please see other reports for the same date. PD))

((FOLLOW-UP MESSAGE FROM WITNESS))

Peter,

I'm wondering if I can update my witness account I sent you earlier today. I seemed to have noticed I had my directions in reverse. The objects we saw were a little to the west of us moving on an easterly heading and the moon was rising in the east. I noticed on your website you posted the report and you correctly pointed out my error. In my haste to get the my account written and with not getting much sleep last night, I made the error. Could we change it to reflect the proper headings?

Thank you...

Warm Regards,

((name deleted))

((NUFORC Note: Our gratitude to the witness for the follow-up comment. The witness first contacted our Center at approximately 0845 hrs. (PDT), despite the fact that he had been out until the wee hours of Sunday morning, celebrating at a wedding reception, apparently under somewhat adverse conditions. We admire the witness's apparent tenacity, and we are impressed that he was able to submit a report at all at that hour! Minor technical oversight regarding the location of the Moon in the morning sky corrected here. PD))