On the night of October 4th, 1967, residents of a small and tranquil fishing village saw what they believed to be an airplane in distress. From a distance, many observed large orange lights flying at a low altitude. With a fiery roar, the objects whooshed through the dark sky and dove straight into the shallow waters of Shag Harbour. The sighting that night was not of an airplane in distress, but rather one of Canada’s most famous UFO sightings.
The objects came from the rorthwest skies according to several witnesses that night. Some reported four flashing orange lights, some reported only seeing two. The unidentified objects were said to emit a loud whistling noise as it flew above them. When the UFOs –I’m using the acronym UFO as its true meaning: Unidentified Flying Object– approached the shallow, but strong, waters of Shag Harbour, it began descending at faster speeds until the bright orange lights ultimately slammed into the sea. The hullabaloo that night drew the curious out from their beds and onto the cold and slimy surfaces of the harbor.
Among the sleepless spectators, several Royal Canadian Mounter Police officers stood with dropped jaws, as they all bear witness to this brilliant display of underwater lights. By the time
a small crowd started to gather in the muggy shores, the eerie glow of both UFOs could still be seen from a distance. Out in the dark waters, the lights could be seen under a couple of feet of water. The RCMP described them as pale lights under eight feet of water. Their description of what they saw that night told of the objects making their way out towards the open waters of the Atlantic. Leaving behind a trail of floating yellow foam. Thinking it was a sinking airplane, the RCMP contacted the RCC (Rescue Coordination Centre) in Halifax, to setup a search and rescue operation.
Fishermen and yellow foam
As a standard procedure, the RCC radioed several fishermen from Shag Harbour. Since they would be the fastest out in the cold waters, the RCC relied on the Fishermen to be the first at a disaster off the shore. No sooner than later the small fishing vessels were heading out towards the submerged pale lights. What the fishermen encountered wasn’t like anything they had seen before out in the waters. Seasoned fishermen were shocked to see that the lights had disappeared at incredible speeds. By the time they arrived at the last location of the lights, they found that only a strange yellowish foam was the only visible thing out in those waters. No bodies, twisted wreckage or any other signs of an airplane crash was visible.
When questioned by the authorities on what they had seen out there, the fishermen could only describe the mysterious yellow foam and the horrible smell it produced. The men said that the area smelled of sulfur. Again, unlike anything they had ever seen.
An hour later, the Canadian Coast Guard shows up. They too reported no wreckage or lights. Just the strange foam floating on the surface of the water.
The next morning, the RCC sent a telex to the Royal Canadian Air Force. They mentioned no signs of aircraft wreckage, aircraft missing or even possible military flares that could explain the sighting. The only proof they had were the testimonies of civilians, Coast Guard and the RCMP. The telex was sent, as the RCC & RCMP needed to make sure this was no airplane. With no other explanation for the lights, the word UFO was written on the telex.
The Navy searches
The Royal Canadian Navy was called into action. On the night of October 7th, just days after the crash, Navy divers combed the seabed for what they believed to be the wreckage of an airplane. For hours, the divers remained underwater. Many witnesses reported seeing the divers surface and being pulled onto their boats and diving back down into the water several times.
The RCN claimed nothing was detected in the deep waters and that the object that many reported a few nights ago was definitely a UFO. Unidentified for sure.