November 24, 1978
Location: Gerena, Seville, Spain
four witnesses were hunting in the early morning hours
near the Guadiamar River, when they encountered a landed
object with a humanoid being standing next to it. The
UFO looked like a large earthen jar, upside down, with
a red light on top. The being seemed strong and tall (some
2 meters or taller), and had on a dark-colored helmet
and silvery body suit. The witnesses become frightened
when the humanoid approached them, and they left the area
Illustration of the encounter. (credit: APRO)
Ignacio Darnaude, APRO, Sept. 1979
NEAR GERENA, SPAIN"
By Ignacio Darnaude
Friday in late November, 1978 (evidently November 24
trans.), the four witnesses, plus another friend, were
hunting just east of the Guadiamar River in the area between
the towns of Gerena, Aznalcollar, and Olivares, in the
province of Seville, southwestern Spain.
each had a six-battery flashlight. The night was dark,
without any wind, with good visibility and temperature,
under a rather cloudy sky. One of the friends decided
to return to the car, so he saw nothing of what subsequently
area of the observation is at approximately 6°20'
west longitude and 37°30' north latitude. It is part
of the estate "La Pizana," 3 kilometers
(2 miles) southwest of Gerena. Its principal characteristics
are: low hills with some farming, clumps of eucalyptus
trees, vegetation located especially near the Guadiamar
River, the remains of a Roman aqueduct, and beef cattle.
The place where the incident occurred is a very dense
grove, primarily of eucalyptus trees, with some open areas
four witnesses went into the thick grove, after having
waded across the stream. It was about 3:30 a.m. They had
been there several hours already, and, using their powerful
flashlights, continued looking for their prey between
the trees, following a road made by tractors. But let
witness Manuel Gordillo tell us what happened:
still on the other side of the river, I told the others,
'Wait a moment, look at the red lights of a car.' The
gypsy who was with us (who could not be interviewed
I.D.) began to say 'Hey, what is that? In my mother's
name, in my grandmother's name, what is that?' 'That is
a strange thing.' We were seeing it on the ground in the
distance. We put out the flashlights and approached. The
closer we got, the more light was seen, and then I thought,
well it isn't a car. If the car had its back to us, we
would have been looking at the drivers, but since we were
walking, it was not logical for it to be always red. Then
we threw it off the track a little. We crossed the river
to the other side, where it was. We began to hunt and
forgot what we had seen, enthusiastic in what we were
doing. I was practically alone, without hearing any of
the others. I shone the light here and there and didn't
see anyone. I turned off my flashlight and whistled for
them to answer. Then they turned on their flashlights
and I said to myself, 'There they are,' because with the
trees no one could be seen. Then they came quickly and
asked me, 'Hey, didn't you see that again?' I really hadn't
seen it, until they told me about it. What we had seen
from the other side was still in that place. There was
really a light there, and then I told them, 'Are we going
to get closer?' They were very scared. The red light was
there and it was doing a strange thing, as if it was shaking.
Then I told them, 'Watch me from behind, I'm going to
get a little closer.'"
trees did not let us see the place completely. Another
companion wanted to approach with me, and we went on ahead
of the other two. There was a person or something walking
was not just one light, but a row of lights. He could
not see everything, and didn't know how tall the being
was. But his legs were very big, and he saw just the legs.
object seemed round to me, and it was near the ground,
right close to the ground. The lights were low. They were
about 3 meters (10 feet) high and they must have been
about 4 or 5 meters (13 or 16 feet) across. The lights
were of different colors. The man advanced about ten meters
(33 feet) and we lost sight of him. He approached again
and grabbed something. I don't know if he went in the
object or around it, I couldn't see. I didn't see any
door in the object."
saw the man up to the waist, as I was stretched out on
the ground. The light was behind him, and I couldn't make
out well what he was wearing. It seemed to me he was wearing
shoes or boots, and he was speaking. The voice seemed
as if he was in a deep well, it was like 'Mnn, mmm.' The
steps were slow, he came toward where we were and went
back. I was a little afraid, and I thought of my wife
and my children, so I didn't feel very safe."
object was about 30 meters (100 feet) away, and the man
approached us. Finally, we got out of there, very scared.
We no longer felt like hunting. So we left running, and
I fell and the others fell on top of me."
Francisco Lopez Rivero's testimony, we can indicate the
following: This witness remained behind his companion,
and observed the scene in a similar manner, though with
additional details. The object seemed to him like a large
earthen jar, upside down, with a red light on top, stationary.
Toward the center of the object he saw several rows of
lights of different colors, green , orange, red, and yellow.
A little below, he observed some bright-colored, silvery
legs. He had the impression that at the height of the
man's eyes and mouth there was a window, like on a motorcyclist's
helmet. He only saw the figure to the waist, and didn't
see any arms. The helmet was black or dark, and the rest
of the body silvery. As to the sounds emitted by the being;
as well as his movements, he agrees with the other witness.
He seemed to be a very strong and tall being, of some
two meters (6'7") or more.
Sunday, January 14, 1979, the investigators went to the
site of the supposed landing with Francisco Lopez. After
certain difficulties in finding the spot where his observation
was made, they carefully studied the ground and observed
place is, as a matter of fact, very wooded, and it is
not easy to see. Nevertheless, the exact place where it
is supposed that the object landed is a rather circular
area, where the trees themselves are situated in this
curious geometric pattern. The land was relatively soft,
due to the rains that had fallen since before November.
They found no sign of traces except for a curious footprint,
which seemed to have been impressed into the ground many
days before. After carefully drawing the mark, they measured
it, and its size was 42 cm. (16.5 inches). Several meters
(yards) farther on they found two more marks, made in
the soil, and they were the same size as the first. The
appropriate experiments showed the mark, in proportion
to the height, would correspond to an individual some
two meters, ten centimeters (6'11") tall. The distance
between the marks was about 13 meters (43 feet).
to this field investigation, witness Francisco Lopez Rivero
gave certain additional details that allowed investigator
Antonio Moya Cerpa to make drawings in his presence that
he approved, which are included in this report.
J. Ignacio Alonso, Joaquin Mateos Nogales, J. Antonio
Gutierrez, Manuel FUpo Cabana, and Antonio Moya Cerpa.
article orginally appeared in Vimana 1:4, pp. 34-35. Vimana
is published by: C.I.O.V.E., Rualasal, 22; Santander,
Spain. Translation (and slight editing) by Richard W.