February 26, 1975
Location: Lake Sorell, Australia
men sighted two UFOs at Lake Sorell in Tasmania. "It
was about 2-1/2 miles away when we saw it move - and then
it was right there only about 1,000 yards away and 500
feet above the lake." The size of the object was
no less than 200 feet in diameter. During the next few
minutes the object turned on a "monstrous light"
which was directed down toward the lake.
APRO Bulletin, Vol. 24 No. 1 (July 1975)
men who prefer to remain anonymous sighted two UFOs at
Lake Sorell in Tasmania on February 26, 1975. The reporting
witness was a tail gunner in the Royal Australian Air
Force, is currently a professional man and considered
to be reliable. He and a friend, who is a commercial artist,
were camped on the shore of Sorell to do some fishing.
8:45 p.m., Mr. Smith (a pseudonym for the reporting witness)
noted three "things" in the sky which
he, at first, thought might have been aircraft. Shortly,
she saw them again through broken clouds and realized
that they couldn't be conventional aircraft. They were
approaching from the northeast and appeared to be two
large craft and a smaller one. Smith lost sight of them
for a few minutes, then picked up two of them as they
travelled southwest toward Lake Sorell. They stopped over
Dogs Head Point and were lost to view in broken clouds
again, then were seen heading toward Mt. Penny.
each of the craft was a red, pulsing light in the center
and other red to orange lights running around the circumference.
The two objects stood out clearly, then one of them headed
toward the fishermen's location.
was about 2½ miles away when we saw it move - and
then it was right there, only about 1,000 yards away and
500 feet above the lake." Smith said that had
he not seen it himself, he would not have believed a craft
could have such performance. He was sure that the size
of the object was no less than 200 feet in diameter.
the next few minutes, the object turned on a "monstrous
light" which was directed down toward the lake.
It was half the diameter of the UFO itself, the shaft
of it was well defined, and it came from one side of the
bottom of the UFO. The light was very intense and it was
painful to the eyes to look at it. Smith compared its
brilliance to that of a welding torch. While watching
the phenomena, he took careful sightings on hills in the
area with which he was familiar. The spill of light from
around the main shaft of the light illuminated a distance
of 1½ miles around the lake.
beam was swung back and forth in an arc. "It seemed
like a careful search of the Robinson's Swamp area and
I have no doubt that beam of light was intelligently controlled,"
two men had a large tent set up at the lakeside, together
with cover for the car. The car's radio was being used
because a portable radio he had was not strong enough
to pick up radio stations some distance away. Smith observed
that when the UFO flew close to their camp site, the car
radio emitted a loud "intense static noise."
Still watching the object, Smith traversed the radio dial
across the whole band but he could not pick up one radio
station. "There was just the static,"
its "inspection" of the area, the UFO
put out its gigantic light beam, after which a blue-white
phosphoresence was left hanging about 30 feet above the
lake's surface. Once the light was out, the UFO was clearly
seen and it departed "in a flash". Its
departing speed was tremendous, Smith said, and watching
it leave was "like watching a tracer bullet going
away from you". It was accompanied by the other
UFO which had been hovering near Mt. Penney. When the
two left, the time was 9:30 p.m.
and his friend made sketches of what they had seen, reproductions
of which accompany this article. The next day, Smith and
friend met some fishermen who had seen the UFO light up
the lake, the night before. The anglers had been camped
one mile away from Smith's location at Silver Plains.
They told Smith they had been in their tent when suddenly,
the tent was lit up inside like daylight.
sighting took place at Lake Sorell on March 14, 1975 when
a Mr. Knapek and his two sons and two friends sighted
an object while camped in a clearing about 1 mile east
of the lake. They were about to have a snack when the
children, ages 13 and 15, pointed out an object rising
slowly at first, from behind trees 300 yards to the west
towards the lake. The object, once above the trees, rose
rapidly and shot up into the southwestern sky, diminishing
to star size and then being lost to view at 75 degrees
elevation. The whole event took only 5 seconds.
object in this case was football-shaped and estimated
by the witnesses to be about 50 feet across. It was bright
yellow underneath with a lighter yellow on top and as
it moved away, the color became more white and much brighter.
No check was made for landing traces.
thank William K. Roberts, APROs Tasmanian Representative
for providing these interesting reports.