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Occurred : 8/27/2002 02:30 (Entered as : 08/27/02 02:30)
Reported: 2/2/2007 11:20:21 PM 23:20
Posted: 2/24/2007
Location: Caribbean Sea,
Shape: Triangle
Duration:5 minutes
Multi-light triangle shaped UFO over Caribbean Ocean, as viewed from a cruise ship.

The following is an account of a real UFO sighting from the balcony of a cruise ship in the Caribbean in 2002. I’m not sure why I have waited this long to file this report, but once an ardent skeptic of most UFO tales, everything changed on a late summer night in the Atlantic Ocean. So although late in arriving, here is my story: On August 27, 2002, while cruising aboard the ship Carnival Pride, I woke up from a deep sleep, only to find myself oddly sitting on the edge of the bed, facing our cabin’s patio door. The drapes were drawn. I do not know what alerted me to arise from my sleep, nor can I explain what prompted me to go out onto the cabins private balcony that early morning. It was approximately 2:30 am. As I stepped out onto the balcony, I moved forward to the balcony railing. Our ship was roughly 200 miles out from land, with the first destination stop, being Half Moon Cay, Carnival’s private island. Our cabin was positioned on the port side of the ship, facing west, traveling in a southerly direction.

At first glance I was drawn to the front of ship, as the moon was out and nearly visible through a small bank of clouds. The illumination of the moon cascaded over the dark blue pristine waters below. Then I proceeded to glance upwards, staring straight port side. To my amazement I spotted a very large cluster of multicolored lights. One light appeared to be very bright and white at its center, while a series of smaller individual lights of blue, green and red surrounded it. I can’t be sure, but it appeared very much as if its shape were triangular.

My best guess is that it was approximately 70 degrees off horizon and its scale, although difficult to determine would have covered a bald fist at arms length. By this determination, I gather that this object was very large and probably close. It did not move or make a sound. It merely hovered. A very slight misty cloud obscured about 25% of the visible object. It took a few minutes for my brain to register what it was seeing. I watched it for about 10 seconds. I was stunned! It definitely was not a plane. It was also unlikely a helicopter, especially given the distance from any land mass.

I must admit, despite the initial state of shock, I was quite proud of myself, in that I immediately recognized the rare nature of this observance and quickly took action. It registered with me, that only a photo or a video of this object, would exonerate me of any embellishment, should I choose to share this unbelievable sight with another. So the following actions occurred within the frame work of 7-9 seconds: I quickly remembered I had left our camera bag, just inside the patio door, on the floor, out of the way of the normal traffic aisle. The small quarters of our cabin made this a logical storage place. Coincidentally, it would also offer me the shortest distance in retrieving the cameras and film this object. As I turned to open the door, I placed one foot inside our cabin, keeping my other foot outside, thereby propping the door open. I reached in for our video camera and as I backpedaled to the open balcony railing again, I opened the lens case, activated the camera, all at the same time. This is why I reference the time frame of 7-9 seconds. Why is this important? It will become perfectly clear with my next testimonial.

As I swung the camera upwards and toward the direction of the object, to my utter dismay, it was gone. It had simply vanished. I couldn’t believe it. Only a few seconds had passed. I was however, not deterred. I noticed off in the distance, a very small but bright light. At first I thought it might be a planet, such as Mars, which as I recall, was highly visible in the Western sky at that time of the year. I still decided to zoom in and film it, in the event it might have been what I watched in total astonishment a few seconds earlier, and twenty-times larger! I took nearly two minutes of video. I used the railing cap to steady my camera. While I realize, that a digital camera, zoomed to a near infinite range, can cause square pixilation’s and that some subjects, illuminating brightly as a source, can create false images, such as a rainbow effect with twinkles of various colored lights; what I saw, was something far different. It seemed to have a single image of light, countered by the surprise emergence of a second (different) colored light from behind. Then a third colored light. I don’t think Mars would react that way.

At that point, I felt I had recorded a sufficient amount of tape to make a convincing case for something obviously unidentified as nothing short of an unexplained, unidentified flying object (UFO). It was now time to wake up my wife. While keeping our two children sleeping, I would soon add a second set of eyes, in a sanity check, to see if I was imagining the whole thing. I went inside our cabin and awoke her. Despite her groggy state, like a good trooper, she trudged out on the balcony with me, to add an equal witness to this sighting. While she manned (woman) a set of binoculars, I continued to film the subject. Once again and much more clearly, a red object immerged from behind the larger brighter object, as if hovering or orbiting around it.

The mystery only became more bizarre, as within minutes of the sighting, a group of three ships floating on the water, off in the distance, suddenly appeared. I know for certain that they were not there before. After discovering them, my film shows at least one of them floating on the surface.

To conclude, I can only surmise the following: Did (what ever it was) possess some artificial intelligence that flagged it of my observing presence on deck? If so, did it react by speeding away at an incredible rate (as I’ve heard of, in other cases) to avoid a video camera image that clearly would have rivaled the one I eventually captured? To film it at maybe 1-2 miles away vs. perhaps 20 miles? I’ll never know. And what significance did the surprise appearance of three smaller vessels on the ocean have to do with this experience. I have enclosed snapshot pictures or frames of the video I shot. I have kept the video to myself. As of this writing, after 4 ½ years, only 6-7 other people know of our UFO encounter.


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