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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'. 

SS Point Sur Case
May 16, 1967
Gulf of Mexico


Brad Sparks:
May 16, 1967; Gulf of Mexico (BBU)
10:10 p.m. Crew of SS Point Sur. (Hynek UFO Exp ch. 7, case RV-9)

Fran Ridge:
20150419 - I put the A-Team on this one. We have no idea what goes on with this case. Swords commented that Hynek doesn't talk about it in the book. He couldn't find it in Blue Book's date listings, though it might be incompetently hidden under a wrong case label. UFO-DNA says that it is referred to in Colorado files, but it's not in the Condon book. He also noted that he has no record of a specific file folder for it. Sparks lists it as a BBU, but nothing there but the Hynek reference. Probably such a file existed once at CUFOS, and may still ... but we know that some Hynek things were lost too. Schroeder found that DNA listed the case as 21:10 (9:10 p.m.), and object was tracked by radar and sighted visually. One object was observed by four witnesses on the ocean for 50 minutes (Dee?).But his detective work showed that in 1966 the SS Point Sur was owned by the Pacific Coast Transport Company (civil court records). So Point Sur was not a Coast Guard vessel but was privately owned. Nothing was found to substantiate a radar-visual case.

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