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Occurred : 1/1/1980 19:00 (Entered as : 01/01/1980 19:00)
Reported: 6/5/2005 7:53:12 AM 07:53
Posted: 6/20/2005
Location: Yorkeys Knob (North of Cairns) (QLD, Australia)),
Shape: Other
Duration:2 - 10 minutes
1 slow moving UFO rising from East (ocean) to West, on straight path, rectangular/cylindrical shape.

At the time I resided at a house on Deauville Close, Yorkeys Knob, (near Cairns), Queensland, Australia. I remember I was in primary school, but I can't remember the exact date of the event, I'm pretty sure it happened in 1980, but I'm not sure of the day/month. It was in the evening, my family was having dinner, I was late & they were calling me for dinner. I was looking out my bedroom window, I liked to look at the stars at night, the blocks next door were vacant bushland and I had a good view of the stars. We lived on the beachfront, there were some dunes covered in scrub between our house and the beach. I remember this event so clearly, it haunts me, at the time I was mesmerised by it. I called out to my family - "mum, dad, come look, there's a UFO!" They didn't come, they were eating, and laughed at me from the other room. To this day my family still sometimes recall my "story" and still make fun of me. If only they had seen what I saw that night. The UFO did not look like any picture of a UFO that I've seen - it was a different shape altogether. It rose from over the low bushland near the sea, I first saw it when it was about 10 or 20 metres above the ground, I watched it come in from the East/sea, and it moved along a straight path westward, slowly rising. It seemed to fly so amazingly low, near my house it seemed to fly above the block next door (that I was looking toward from my bedroom window), my bedroom was on ground floor, and the UFO seemed only about twice the height of the black wattle tree next door - probably only 20 to 40 metres up in the air - I couldn't beleive how close it was. Somehow it then continued it's path westward, gliding more towards the south west gently, getting higher and higher, it rose over the tall trees of the swamp at the southern end of the cul-de-sac, and I could no longer see it over the horizon of trees/swamp. It glided along a smooth straight path the whole time, and it moved so slowly. I don't know exactly how fast it moved, it seemed like the pace of someone pedalling along on a bike, maybe 2 minutes? It seemed forever, but I think that was because of the mind bending experience. As for the UFO's appearance - it was NOT a saucer. There were no little green men. I did not seen any aliens at all. But it had a soft glow around it. The outer seemed greyish, but my eyes were focused in it's front face - you could see into the front of it, but all I could see was a light pale soft yellow colour, there was no detail. It was cylindrical in shape - the same sort of shape as a rectangle, but with rounded edges, and not very deep. It was smooth all over, rounded at the corners, and I could only see into the front, I don't remember seeing into the back (it was a long time ago). The shape was sort of like this (it was rectangular, like a long/thin/wide cylinder, kind of a cigar shape from the side, but rectangular if looked at from the top or bottom): Side view: --------- | | --------- Front view: ----- ( ) ----- Underside or top view: --------- | | | | --------- That's the best sort of scale I can get using typed characters! Remember it was smooth in shape and edges were round, not sharp. But the front view did have notably rounded sides, like the '()' characters. To this day I know I saw it, but I doubt myself all the time and it has messed with my self confidence as a result, I was double check things that I do now as a result. But I know what I saw was a UFO. It also made NO sound, which was spooky as it was so close to the ground and my house, it made no noise at all.

((NUFORC Note: Witness indicates that date of the incident is approximate. PD))