March 25, 1981
Location: Ayamonte (Huelva), Spain
fishing boat Moguer 5 left port at Ayamonte (Huelva) Spain
and proceeded out to sea. Six other boats comprised the
rest of a small fishing fleet. The Moguer 5 was 400 meters
from the shore when a conical-shaped object was seen 100
meters farther out to sea, hovering over the water's surface.
The witnesses watched the cone for 20 minutes while it
rotated just above the sea's surface for 20 minutes, at
which time it rose vertically and disappeared into the
Artist's rendition of the object, by APRO staff artist
Shane Johnson. (credit: APRO)
APRO Bulletin (vol. 29, no. 11)
CREWS OBSERVE OBJECT
drawing [above] and the following report concern a case
investigated and submitted by the Grupo Espanol de Investigacion
del Fenomeno Ovni (GEIFO) of Cadiz, Spain. We are indebted
to GEIFO's Secretary, Inmaculato Rodriguez for this excellent
report and APRO staff artist Shane Johnson for his rendering
(based on the original GEIFO drawing). English dimensions
and translations from the Spanish by Mrs. Lorenzen.
any embellishment, the following details describe a very
March 25, 1981, at 7 p.m. (local time), the fishing boat
Moguer 5 left port at Ayamonte (Huelva) Spain and proceeded
out to sea. Six other boats comprised the rest of a small
fishing fleet. The Moguer 5 was 400 meters from the shore
when a conical-shaped object was seen 100 meters farther
out to sea, hovering over the water's surface (see drawing).
object was first spotted by Eugenio Burgo Gomez, who called
the attention of his crew-mates and thereafter, the crews
of the other six boats. The description of the surrounding
Ayamonte area has a permanent population of about 8,000
people and the local industry includes fishing and sea
salt mining. The population swells to about 100,000 in
the summer due to a flourishing tourism business.
the surrounding area are the Guadiana, Odiel, Tinto, Piedras,
Lagunas del Portil, Lagunas de los Barreros, Prima de
Palos and Laguna de las Madres rivers. It is popularly
called the "zone of the swamps". A biological
reserve named Donana Park is located in the area also.
Close by are the Rota and Cadiz Army Bases, the La Parra
Air Base, and there is ordinarily considerable aircraft,
including helicopters, and warship activity. However,
at the time of the sighting, there were none observed
by the witnesses.
physical and weather conditions were as follows:
the shore off which the sighting took place is El Rompido
camping ground, which was largely unoccupied as it was
"off season". The depth of the sea was
5 meters (14 feet), and weather was good with no clouds
and good visibility. The Moguer 5 is equipped with a 130-horsepower
engine, a sounder, magnetic- compass and radio, none of
which showed any indication of being affected by the presence
of the object. The vessel's bearing was 000, it's speed
05'. There was a slight sea swell.
conical, gray object was situated approximately 1 meter
(3 feet, 3 inches) above the surface of the sea and was
revolving (see drawing) around itself in a clockwise direction.
There were two rows of yellowish lights, one near the
top of the cone, and the other near the bottom. The depth
of the water at the point where the object hovered is
5 meters (about 16 feet) according to nautical charts.
object made no sound, gave off no vapor or trail, but
did appear to cause a disturbance of the water directly
under it. It was estimated by the witnesses to be 50 meters
(140 feet approximately) in diameter at its base, and
about 60 meters (170 feet) high.
witnesses watched the cone for 20 minutes while it rotated
(no figures available concerning rate of rotation) just
above the sea's surface for 20 minutes, at which time
it rose vertically and disappeared into the sky.