June 27, 1970
Location: Near Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
incident, which took place in broad daylight, is notable
because it was certainly observed by at least eight witnesses.
A great metallic disc came down on the surface of the
South Atlantic Ocean. The disc remained on the surface
of the water for half an hour, and two crewmen were seen
inside it. When the disc took off, it left behind it on
the sea a sort of ring or hoop.
Dr. W. Buhler, Flying Saucer Review. Vol. 17, No. 3. May/June
to original source]
ON THE SEA NEAR RIO
Dr. W. Buhler
in London last year, Dr. J. Allen Hynek spoke of the obvious
importance of multi-witness cases. This Interesting Brazilian
episode, which certainly falls within that category, was
reported to us by Dr. Buhler when in England, soon after
its occurrence. Gordon Creighton prepared the material
for publication, but this was delayed as we needed clarification
on a few points. We are now able to present, with a few
addenda to the concluding section on previous occurrences
in the Tijuca area, a much more detailed version after
perusal of the original Portuguese text by the author
which appears in SBEDV Bulletin No. 74/79 for May 1970-February
incident, which took place in broad daylight, at 11:40
a.m. on June 27, 1970, is notable because it was certainly
observed by at least eight witnesses, and because it illustrates
graphically how the UFOs are approaching ever closer to
our densely populated urban centres. A great metallic
disc came down on the surface of the South Atlantic Ocean,
not much more than 500 metres or so from the Avenida Niemeyer,
a famous coastal road cut out of the cliffs, which affords
a beautiful view over the sea and runs in a south-westerly
direction from the Rio de Janeiro suburb of Leblon.
disc remained on the surface of the water for half an
hour, and two crewmen were seen inside it, wearing helmets
and bright grayish aluminum-colored garments resembling
the garb of our astronauts. When the disc took off, it
left behind it on the sea a sort of ring or hoop which
had apparently served some function, perhaps as a float
or stabilizer on which it had rested.
Avenida Niemeyer is at a height of some 30-40 metres above
the sea along the section in question, and the particular
house from which the witnesses made their sighting is
located even higher up, above the road. It was a Sunday,
and in fine weather no less than 1,800 cars, so we estimate,
would have been passing there hourly. Earlier on the morning
in question, I had been in that area myself, and I recall
that at 7.00 a.m., the sky was still fairly clouded over.
should be borne in mind that in the southern hemisphere,
June is in the less sunny part of the year).
of the adult witnesses, whom I have interviewed, are Senhor
Aristeu Machado and his wife Dona Maria Nazaré
Machado, who live at No. 318, Avenida Niemeyer, and their
neighbour and visitor, Sr. João Aguiar, who is
an official of the Brazilian Federal Police and resides
nearby at No. 210 on the same Avenue. The fourth adult
witness is the Machado's eldest daughter, Creuza, aged
23. The remaining four witnesses were the rest of the
Machado girls, Consuelo, aged 14; Rosemary, aged 10; Margarida,
aged 8; and Cátìa, aged 5 (I did not interview
any of the five girls, but only their parents and Sr.
João Aguiar). It was in fact Dr. Carlos Netto,
of the Rio newspaper Diário de Notícias,
who notified me immediately of the occurrence, with the
result that I was able to accompany him to the spot and
talk to the witnesses at four o'clock on the afternoon
of the same day. (Incidentally, it may be noted that the
Diário de Notícias was the first
Rio de Janeiro newspaper to treat the UFO Problem seriously
and with a certain degree of consistency.)
episode begins, and occupants seen
Machados account is as follows:
Maria Nazaré Machado was in the kitchen, preparing
the lunch. From time to time, she would step out on to
the veranda, where the rest of the family, with Sr. Aguiar,
were amusing themselves with a party game. At one point,
she enquired what the time was. It was 11:38. About two
minutes after that, Sr. Aguiar happened to glance out
over the sea, and quickly called the attention of the
others to what he thought was "a motor-boat striking
the water," for as the object descended, it threw
up spray on all sides around it.
once, they all abandoned their game and began a vigorous
discussion as to what to do about it, and as to whether
or not the "motorboat" was in need of
assistance, for they could see two "bathers"
inside the craft who seemed to be signaling with their
arms. Sr. Aguiar was positive that there were two persons
in the craft, wearing shining clothing and "something
on their heads." They seemed to be "thickish
set and quite small."
two persons in question appeared to be working on the
deck of the craft, which was of a grayish metallic colour,
and looked as though it might have been between 4 and
6 metres in length. It was covered with a transparent
cupola (Fig. 1).
was decided that Sr. Aguiar should run to the nearby Mar
Hotel to telephone to the rescue authorities, while the
rest of the party continued to watch the object closely.
It had come down on the sea just where the water always
looks darker, at the dividing line between the darker
in-shore water and the clearer water of the open ocean.
newspaper report in "Diário de Notícias"
of June 28, 1970, states that the area of the sea where
the disc came down was about 500 metres from the shore,
although later examination of the case suggests that it
could well have been rather more than that, perhaps 700,
or even 1,000 metres. In any case, remarkably close to
my subsequent enquiries, I learnt that the disc, at one
time, moved in about 100 metres nearer to the shore. No
sound was heard from it at any time, nor did it display
the characteristic type of "bobbing"
movement to have been expected from a boat.
time spent by Sr. Aguiar in going to and from the Mar
Hotel (1 kilometre distant, towards Leblon) was, at the
outside, 23 to 35 minutes. When he returned to the Machedos'
apartment, the disc was still on the sea, and he was one
of those who saw it take off again. We may say therefore
that the duration of its stay on the water was about 40
Aguiar informed us that when the disc took off, it did
not rise straight up, but skimmed along for about 300
metres on the surface of the sea, throwing out the usual
sort of bow-wave such as we see with our own fast motor-boats.
In fact, it was only when the machine had become airborne
and was moving away in a low arc out to sea towards the
south-east that the witnesses realised that it was not
an ordinary boat, but a flying saucer...
Maria Nazaré showed herself to be an excellent
observer for, as the disc took off, she noted that, on
its under-side (Fig. 3), it had a hexagonal-shaped object
which she said looked like the Brazilian fruit known as
Note: The carambola, also known as the pitanga, or the
Surinam Cherry (Averrhoa Carambola, L.). A juicy, quince-flavoured
fruit. Its segments, I recall, are most strangely shaped,
very angular, like nothing I have ever seen elsewhere.
But although we had carambola trees in our Brazilian garden,
neither my wife nor I can now (at this distance in years)
make a sketch of these segments from memory, and I have
discovered no handy source in England where an illustration
may be found G. CREIGHTON.
object seemed as though retracted up into the craft, and
there were a number of coloured lights on the carambola-like
object, flashing always in the same sequence, viz.: green,
pale yellow, and red. (Other reports have suggested one
rotating light changing colours through this sequence.)
stated, the disc appeared to be made of aluminum when
resting on the sea, but once airborne, it looked transparent.
At this point, Dona Maria Nazaré could clearly
see the two occupants sitting inside the craft.
was little traffic along the Avenue at that hour, and
consequently not much traffic noise. Nevertheless, as
indicated above, none of the witnesses heard any sound
that they thought came from the disc. Once airborne, the
disc was speedily out of sight.
the area of sea where it had rested, there was a "white,
hooped-shaped object, of the size of a trunk or a chest"
(Dona Maria Nazarés own description). After
a short while this "hoop" sank. Then
it reappeared, and from it there separated off a yellow,
oval-shaped object the diameter of which, across its widest
point, was approximately 40 centimetres, and which was
floating with about 20 centimetres projecting above the
surface of the water.
remaining stationary for about three minutes, this oval,
yellow object began to move slowly towards the beach,
with its longer axis pointed in the direction of the witnesses'
house. At the further end of the object, there was a greenish
flange which later separated off from the main (yellow)
body and continued to follow it "at a distance
of about 80 centimetres."
a lapse of time which Dona Maria Nazaré estimated
at about 15 minutes, the yellow object had come to a distance
of about 120 metres from the shore. It then performed
a right-angled turn left-wards, and headed off towards
the beach at Gávea, still keeping always at more
or less the same distance out from the rocks of the shore.
This movement (westwards) was in fact contrary to the
maritime current prevailing in the area at the time.
Maria Nazaré then went down on to the road in front
of her house and tried to observe the further movements
of the yellow object. With her there were some boys who
happened to come along at the time, and she pointed out
the object to them. The boys tried to hit it by throwing
stones at it, but without success. This phase lasted a
further ten minutes or so, after which time it vanished
from their view around the rocky promontory, some 500
metres from where they were standing.
the "white hoop" was still in view, after
having disappeared temporarily several times, and it was
steadily approaching the Gávea beach as though
it were going to join up again there with the yellow object.
They watched the white hoop for a total period of 20 minutes
or so as it kept vanishing and then reappearing, until
it too was finally lost to sight.
family, who had been interrupted in their parlour game
when they first saw the disc just before noon, only returned
to the veranda to finish the game at 3.00 p.m., when the
sighting was all over, and they did not get their lunch
until 5.00 p.m.
for the phone call made by Sr. João Aguiar, it
was to the Harbour Police, whose headquarters are near
the Calabouço Airport, in the central part of Rio
de Janeiro. So it would have been at least an hour before,
normally, one would have expected a Harbour Police patrol
boat to have got to the scene. When he called them, the
Harbour Police checked up on Sr. Aguiar's own telephone
number (he of course being a Federal agent himself) and
they promised to send help to the parties involved in
the presumed mishap off-shore. Sr. Aguiar was consequently
quite surprised when, after only about 20 minutes, he
saw a fast motor-launch heading out towards the islands
(Ilha das Palmas and Ilha Comprida).
motor-launch was no doubt one normally stationed at the
Fort de Copacabana. We do not know whether its crew saw
the UFO take off, but it may be assumed that they did,
for they would have had the UFO in view long before they
reached the area from which it took off and where the
"white hoop" remained floating.
they got there, the motor-launch stopped at a distance
of about 1 kilometre from the shore. Then the witnesses
saw the crew of the launch hoist aboard, with great difficulty,
a cylindrical red object (the difficulty being due no
doubt to the great weight of this object). Having done
this, the motor-launch returned at high speed to its point
cannot, a priori, guess the purpose of such a descent
on the sea by Extraterrestrials. Could it be that they
aimed to investigate certain local conditions by means
of some sondes (the objects floating in the sea which
they released?) or were these latter perhaps spare parts,
destined for one of the Extraterrestrials' submarine bases,
and which would have floated off, under automatic control,
towards that base? Or could they perhaps have been automatic
devices which, either afloat or submerged, could transmit
information about the psychological reactions of the witnesses,
say, in the house at No. 318, Avenida Niemeyer and, later,
also of the folk bathing on the beaches at Gávea
and Barra da Tijuca? Would these sondes perhaps have been
recovered later, or would they have gone floating off
to be lost in the sea? Or could they be some sort of devices
which might have a long-term effect on human (i.e. terrestrial
human psychology ?