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Sighting Report
Occurred : 10/5/1980 21:00 (Entered as : 10/05/80 21:00)
Reported: 10/28/2013 3:37:17 PM 15:37
Posted: 11/11/2013
Location: Allenspark, CO
Shape: Light
Duration:5 seconds
Bright white light moves in U-pattern, then fades out.

Sometime after dark, the fire department was dispatched on a report of two overdue fishermen. As ranking officer, I responded with an area captain to the bridge on Highway 7 – the point the fishermen were last seen--to coordinate response by the department. As we pulled up to the bridge, I spotted a large bright white light downstream from the bridge at a point I guessed was directly over the confluence of the North and Middle St. Vrain creeks.

As I watched it, the light moved back and forth in a U-pattern. My immediate association was to an airplane dipping its wings. After a few seconds it faded out. I had the mental impression that this light was signaling the location of the fishermen, and letting me know they were okay. I asked the fire captain if he had seen the light, and he said no. I told him what I had seen and what I thought it meant.

It was too dark to search downstream, so I assigned a couple of people to stay at the bridge overnight in case the fishermen walked out. The next morning I led a crew down an access road to the creeks. We had only been walking a few minutes, when we met the fishermen walking out. They were okay, and reported they had spent the night “where the two creeks come together.” I asked if they had seen any unusual lights during the night, and they said no.

At the time, I was living just upstream from the bridge, and I had seen a similar sized flashing white light in the same area, but a little further north and stationary. I am aware of at least one other area resident who had seen a similar light in this general location on at least one occasion.

I am presently a psychoanalyst in private practice. Before I changed careers, I was chief of a large fire protection district in the western U.S., and had training in fire investigation. Before that I was a naturalist with the National Park Service, and have long been a student and observer of nature. I consider myself to be a curious, careful and scientifically oriented observer.