Location. Taganrong (sic) Bay, Sea of Azov, Rostov region, Russia

Date: Summer 1945     Time: daytime 

9-year old I. Chebotaryov was alone fishing for his family’s meal and was about to return home when he watched a “giant plate” descend from the sky. The saucer smashed into the water causing a strong impact and creating a fountain of water spray all around the witness, which totally soaked him. The plate was about 5 meters in diameter; its hull was metallic reflecting the rays of the sun. Incredibly the witness felt no fear. The disc had descended on a sandbar, slightly covered by water only several meters from which the boy had been fishing. Suddenly, bubbles appeared around the disc and a “man” came out from the disc. The man was dressed in a silvery overall. He “jumped” from the top of the disc and approached the witness. He stopped at about 6 meters from the boy. His head was completely hidden under a non-transparent, oval-shaped helmet, and he had something resembling a large “can” behind his shoulders made of a dark-toned material resembling tinted glass. The alien was holding a blue stone on one of his hands and had a small sac dangling from his chest area. Both witness and alien stood frozen for about 3 minutes. The alien was stubbornly silent, so the witness[’s] patience gave out and he asked the stranger if he was from the moon. After a long pause the alien spoke in pure Russian language, “No, I am from another planet.” “What is the name of your planet?”, the witness asked. Apparently the alien ignored this question and again after a rather long pause, he said, “Many surprises await ‘terrestrials’ and they will be happy for them.” Curious, the boy asked, “Please tell me about your planet.” The alien ignored this question also, and he pointed to the disc and proposed, “If you want---come into my ship and soon you will be in my planet.” At this point the witness became concerned about the proposal, knowing that his family awaited him for dinner and that he did not know if he would ever return from the “trip.” He answered in a loud voice, “I do not want to fly with you, and I want to go home. My mother waits for me there. We are going to eat fry (sic-fried) fish for dinner,” and he pointed to the bucket filled with fish. The alien answered, “It’s a pity that you do not want to come.” After this he turned his back and walked back to his disc. At this moment the boy was surprised to notice that the alien was not wearing any footgear. He appeared to be barefooted, his long feet ending in long toes similar to humans. As the alien approached his ship, he told the boy he could tell people of the encounter but warned him that no one would believe him. He then bade goodbye and climbed into the disc and vanished inside. The object rose up, hovered briefly, and then it submerged into the water just like a submarine. At this point the witness took his bucket and went home.    

HC addendum

Source: Aleksey K. Priyma, “UFOs Witnesses to the Unknown”

Anton Anfalov              Type: B

High Strangeness Index: 7

Reliability of Source: 8

Comments: Very interesting early contact report. Notable is the fact that the alien appears to have removed his footwear before entering the water. The second source indicates the possibility of some kind of underwater alien installation under the Sea of Azov where there have been other reports of objects submerging into the waters.                                                                              

This reference: “UFOs Witnesses to the Unknown” by Aleksey K. Priyma.

With thanks to researcher Albert S. Rosales of: for finding this case         

UFOCAT PRN – NONE           

Europe – Russia, Rostov region

Taganrog Bay   Latitude 47-00 N, Longitude 38-50 E (D-M) [Gulf]

Sea of Azov      Latitude 46-00 N, Longitude 36-00 E

Reference: U.S.S.R. Gazetteer, Vol. 1, Geographic Names Division, U.S. Army Topographic Command, Washington, D.C., June 1970