Monday, August 29, 2005

UFOs Over Dryden

UFO Over Dryden
Discs in night sky over Dryden

By Bryan Meadows
The Chronicle-Journal

     There’s been another UFO sighting in the Northwest.

     Two unidentified discs were spotted in the night sky above Dryden on Aug. 1.

     According to the HBCC UFO research website (, two disc-like objects lit up the sky above the Gamble housing subdivision at about 2:50 a.m.

     An eyewitness said the objects moved across the sky slowly from north to south, with one of them moving sideways for a short distance, then back again. They made no noise as they moved south over the subdivision toward the yacht club.

     Director of HBCC UFO Research Brian Vike said he received a similar report four days later of a flying disc near Riding Mountain National Park in Manitoba.

A      witness said an elongated diamond-shaped light moved across the sky about midnight. It stopped and changed in light intensity, then suddenly shot straight up.

     Vike said interest in UFOs by the general public has exploded.

     He said he now works full-time at investigating the 50 to 600 eyewitness UFO accounts reported to his website every year.

“     I recently (was named) one of the top ufologists in the world by Fate Magazine,” said Vike, adding he will be the subject of a Canadian documentary, he said.

     Vike’s website reportedly represents the Canadian UFO research community.

T     here have been seven UFO sightings in the region since a July 12 report last year in the Dryden area when three people witnessed “low altitude bright lights tracking across the sky.”

     The website’s other sightings in the past year:

     • July 14, 8 p.m. — A Dryden resident saw something that “burned so bright that my eyes hurt, and I had to look away. It dimmed out to a cigar-shaped haze and then zig-jagged a little.”

     • July 19, 10:47 p.m. — Five people at Aaron Provincial Park just east of Dryden said they saw an object far off in the distance shoot “straight out into space.”

     • July 30, 10:30 p.m. — An individual in Sioux Lookout reported seeing three light-coloured objects flying in a straight line.

     • Aug. 1, 12:20 a.m. — Two individuals saw a round, copper-coloured object in the sky near Dryden, moving in a straight line, then in a tilted ‘S’ flight pattern.

     • Sept. 7, 12:30 a.m. — Three star-like objects were observed near Sioux Lookout in the shape of a triangle moving across the sky before they suddenly stopped and then disappeared.

     • Dec. 23, 10:06 p.m. — Three people travelling in a vehicle observed a circular object with three flashing red and white lights flying along the right side of Highway 72, 10 kilometres south of Sioux Lookout. When they got closer, the object suddenly took a 90-degree turn left and “flew over the highway and right over us.”

     • April 14, 11 p.m. — A Sioux Lookout resident saw three star-sized white objects moving across the sky south of the community.

     The last unexplained phenomena observed in the Thunder Bay area occurred in March 2003 when a “strange light” streaked across the night sky.

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