From a galaxy far, far away?
White Rock appears to have enjoyed a special preview of Star
Wars this past weekend, as four independent sources are claiming to have seen strange
goings on in the night sky there on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
North Delta resident Graham Conway, president of UFO*BC, is
quite impressed with the number of unexplained sightings.
"I dont understand whats going on," he
said. "For some reason theres a lot of activity going on in White Rock. This is
such a collection of such good eye witness stuff."
A man reportedly ran into the Ocean Beach pub about 10 pm
Friday, "stuttering like mad" that hed seen a huge blue plasma ball
cruising over Semiahmoo Bay.
"He said it was monstrous," said UFO tracker Bill
Oliver, of Guildford. "He was rattled big time."
Whatever it was cast such a bright light it lit up the sea
beneath and "apparently acted in an intelligent manner," said Conway.
The thing apparently cruised over the bay, around Kwomais Point
and "out of sight."
Then on Saturday, the really interesting stuff began. Two young
women and a girl, South Surrey residents, were at the McDonalds restaurant on
Johnston Road when they claim to have seen a huge boomerang-shaped object with eight
lights on front, at about 10 pm. Shaking with fear, they watched it move "very, very
slowly" for about eight seconds before it took off. Conway said the experience left
the 11-year-old girl crying and one of the women, 18, so disturbed she slept with her
light on the following two nights.
About five minutes after that sighting two women were standing
on White Rock pier when they claim to have seen a wedge-shaped object a flying
triangle traveling below the tree level. They watched it for about three or four
minutes as it headed across the bay, away from White Rock.
Then on Sunday, about 10:15 pm, Jen Pieschel and her boyfriend
Kevin Pearce saw a wedge-shaped object flying over Highway 99, near the Crescent Road
turnoff . They saw it had blue and red flashing lights, and then spotted an amber flash,
like a flare, from a second craft.
"We saw something weird," Pieschel said. "We just
want to know what it was."
They searched the Internet and found something like what they
saw: An F-117A Nighthawk stealth bomber. Only thing is, Stealths cant hover. Or can
The sightings this past weekend werent the first such
sights in the White Rock/South Surrey area, either. Richard Desilets of Aldergrove was
near Zero Avenue and Pacific Highway earlier this year when he saw what looked like
"two headlights" blinking on and off just above a set of power lines.
"It sounded like a plane, like a turbine motor, but very,
very quiet," he said. "It just slowly took off."
In spite of the four sightings this past weekend, Transport
Canada, NAVCAN, Vancouver International Airports Traffic Control tower, Surrey and
White Rock RCMP, the weather office, National Defence, and Vancouver Planetarium
astronomer David Dodge either hadnt heard of anything unusual, or didnt know
what to make of it. Dodge noted though, that the US Whitby Island naval base it not far
away from White Rock.
"If its a military thing, they dont keep me
informed," Dodge said.
Still, an official at the naval station told the NOW the
wedge-shaped objects arent theirs.
"Therere pretty cool, but we dont have them
here," he said.
The UFO*BC sightings hotline is 878-6511.