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  Category 1, Distant Encounters 
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A Hynek Classification of Distant Encounter is usually an incident involving an object more than 500 feet from the witness. At night it is classified as a "nocturnal light" (NL) and during the day as a "daylight disc" (DD). The size of the object or the viewing conditions may render the object in greater detail but yet not qualify the sighting as a Close Encounter which is an object within 500'. 

Hover Hovers Above The Water
Aug. 30, 1950
S. of Sandy Point, Newfoundland, Canada

Brad Sparks:
Aug. 30, 1950; S. of Sandy Point/Indian Head, Newfoundland, Canada. (BBU 790)
1:30-1:50 p.m. (ADT). Three civilian Harmon AFB Water Transportation Section employees, John Kaeel, Fred Messervery and John Smith, located [in a boat] about 2 miles S of Indian Head saw a black or dark round object the size [shape?] of a barrel resembling a "large balloon" located about 3 miles SW of Indian Head about 1-1.5 [?] miles offshore [apparently about 2 miles to the W of the observers]. The object was hovering just above the water and after a few mins began to slowly ascend to about 15-20 ft above water, then descended again to just above water, in about a 40-60-sec cycle each time which occurred 3 times. On the last cycle the object remained near the surface about 3-4 mins when it ascended vertically until disappearance at 1:50 p.m. [See similar sighting at 2 p.m. near Kippens.] Helicopter search at 4:20 p.m. negative. [No unidentified ground radar returns were reported yet false explanation of "WX Returns" (weather returns) inserted into BB file listings.] (Jan Aldrich) 20 mins

Fran Ridge:
Fifteen mins earler at 1:15 a.m. at Harmon AFB an object was picked up on the GCA scope travelling at an estimated 40 to 60 mph at an estimated 4 to 6 thousand feet on a course of 120 degrees. Shortly AFTER the Sandy Point incident and S of Kippens, Newfoundland, men fishing in a dory boat about 1-1/2 miles offshore from Kippens, saw a black or yellowish-brown object thought to be a submarine, the size of a dory [about 20 ft] about 1-1/2 to 2 miles away [to the S?], about 3 miles offshore about 15-20 ft above the water. There were other incidents later in the morning. (See my Intelligence Summary below *)

etailed reports and documents
reports/500830newfoundland_report.htm (Dan Wilson & Bill Schroeder)
reports/500830newfoundland_IS.htm (Fran Ridge) *

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