Location: Karslake, Cornwall, United Kingdom
Vincent, County and Restormel Borough Councillor, revealed
that she and her husband Roy had observed a mystery craft
late at night during 1965 in a then rural area. The matter
remained "virtually a family secret" over the
years because the couple feared that they would be ridiculed
if they told their story. The UFO was "a large, dome-shaped
object that looked as if it were made of glass,"
estimated to be 50-70 feet across and 30-40 feet high.
Mrs Vincent's drawing of the unidentified object. (Cornish
Joan and Roy Vincent at the site of their close encounter.
Ian Shepherd, Cornish Guardian (Bodmin, England), Nov.
reveals 30-year secret of a 'close encounter'"
33-year silence was broken this week when a leading figure
in Cornwall spoke publicly about a close encounter with
what she and her husband firmly believe was a flying saucer.
Vincent, chairman of the County Planning Committee for
nine years until last May, and now a long-serving County
and Restormel Borough Councillor, revealed that she and
her husband Roy had observed the mystery craft late at
night during 1965, in a then-rural area between St Dennis
remain convinced that what they saw, in considerable detail,
was from another world.
matter remained "virtually a family secret"
over the years because the couple feared that they would
be ridiculed if they told their story.
it is now a much less taboo subject because of the number
of such sightings," said Mrs. Vincent. "There
is now no reason for it to remain a secret."
said that late one night in 1965, she and her husband
Roy were driving past the hamlet of Karslake, deep in
the china clay country, on their way home to Stenalees.
knew that students at Fowey College used to spend night-time
vigils at what is now Caerloggas Downs and that they had
reported seeing flying saucers there several times,"
said Mrs. Vincent.
stopped to have a look at the sky ourselves. We had been
sitting in the car for about 15 minutes when suddenly,
it was as if a light had been switched on outside. One
minute it was dark; the next, we could see for miles over
the surrounding countryside. The light was brilliant and
it was constant, not like lightning."
50 yards away, in a field behind a hedge, we could see
where it appeared to be coming from. It was a large, dome-shaped
object that looked as if it were made of glass."
of the hedge, we could not see all of its lower section
closer to the ground, so neither of us know if it was
hovering or resting on the grass."
could see inside the dome, where the light was coming
from. There were big cabinets with dials on them. Below
the dome, where the object was solid and a grey-green
colour, there were portholes."
later estimated that what we could see must have been
about 50 to 70 feet across and between 30 and 40 feet
high, although we couldn't see the base because of the
about 30 seconds, I said to Roy, my husband 'My God, let's
get out of here,' because I was quite shocked. We drove
off and went straight home."
soon as we arrived, we agreed to go into separate rooms
and draw what we had seen. When we compared the drawings
they were virtually identical."
never told anyone apart from my mother and later my son,
David, who was aged four at the time."
husband was an absolute sceptic about such things as flying
saucers, but we now both know that there really is something
out there. We are glad we saw what we did together, because
I don't think either of us would have believed the story
if we hadn't been there."
couple returned to the scene the following day but could
find no clues to the sighting.
field where Mr. and Mrs. Vincent saw the craft ceased
to exist years ago when it became a spoil tip for nearby
clay workings. And the road where they had stopped their
car, prior to the strange encounter, has also been re-routed.