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British witness ties ghostly encounter to UFO sighting

A British witness at St. Just, Cornwall, recalled a UFO incident from 1993 that added to a larger puzzle suggesting a time portal opened up in the area, according to testimony in Case 75940 from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.

The witness and her now-late husband had driven to their favorite spot on the cliffs at Botallack near St. Just in Cornwall, UK, just at dinner time about 6:30 p.m. on October 23, 1993, when the first incident took place.

“We had bought fish and chips to eat in our old MG car out on the cliffs,” the witness stated. “It was a beautiful evening and we were the only people parked there. As we looked out at the view of the cliffs, old tin mines and the Atlantic Ocean crashing in, we suddenly noticed somebody walking up the cliff path.”

The two were confused as they looked at this person.

“Walking up the cliffs was an olden times smuggler from the 1700/1800’s period. The best way to describe this is if you Google ‘Poldark,’ that is the era. What we could see was a man, in a black Tri-Star hat, long black, old smuggler-type coat, a long wooden staff in his left hand and a small barrel/keg under his right arm. We both looked at each other and then back to him walking up the coast path.

The witness referenced Aidan Turner as Ross Poldark in the Masterpiece hit series, ‘Poldark.’
The witness referenced Aidan Turner as Ross Poldark in the Masterpiece hit series, ‘Poldark.’

“Both confused at what we were looking at, I said to my husband, ‘Maybe there is a party somewhere?’ If you knew the location, you would know that was at the best a long shot.”

They continued to watch the person walk up the path.

“As he reached the adjoining path he was suddenly gone! Into thin air! We did not lose sight of him at any time. And then he was gone! All I can tell you is that what we saw was as solid, as solid as you and I, although neither of us remember seeing features on a face, or to be honest, even a face. We knew that what we had just seen was unexplainable and couldn’t get our minds around it. It wasn’t until we were driving home that I said, ‘Did we just see a ghost?’”

The two wondered about their encounter, and later questioned whether it was related to a second event at the same site.

“About a week later, there was a big storm blowing with really strong gale force ‘inland’ winds. The sea was crashing in and the wind was too strong to get out of the car as you couldn’t stand. We sat in our car when we noticed behind us a white ball, approximately 7 to 8 inches. You could see it was spinning furiously, but (the storm) was not causing it to move in the slightest.”

The witness described the object.

“It was approximately 15 feet away from us and six feet off of the ground. The strangest thing was, that the gale force inland wind was not making it move at all, yet we couldn’t even stand up in it! The ‘ball’ didn’t move for about two minutes, then it slowly moved directly upwards by about four feet, again it hovered on the spot for several minutes before moving directly down again by three or four feet where again it hovered for a time. It then rose into the air by approximately eight feet, again directly in a straight line and totally unaffected by the wind. It hovered for about three minutes before shooting inland at a 90-degree angle and out of sight.”

Porthnanven Beach, St Just, Cornwall. (Credit: UK Beach Guide)
Porthnanven Beach, St Just, Cornwall. (Credit: UK Beach Guide)

The two were shocked by what they had seen and sat silently in their car.

“I think after what had happened the previous week, we thought it must be ‘ghost’ connected? For years the memory of what happened has never left us and I can still see the events in detail. I’ve tried to look for answers, but can’t find any. I only realized recently that ‘the ball’ was an Unidentified Flying Object of some sort. So I have decided to record this with yourselves. The whole of Cornwall is built on granite and so is extremely quartz rich. I often questioned myself as to if there could have been some kind of portal open up? I hope that this piece of my jigsaw might fit somewhere in all the other events out there. Thank you.”

United Kingdom Field Investigator Karl Webb is investigating.


Roger Marsh

Roger Marsh is a UFO writer and content developer. He is Director of Communications for the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) where he manages media contact, rights and permissions, and content development for television, film, documentary, radio, print and stage. Roger is a MUFON case researcher for History channel’s “Hangar 1: The UFO Files.” He is editor of the monthly international MUFON UFO Journal, executive producer of the weekly “MUFON UFO Traffic Report” radio show; serves as the MUFON webmaster; reporter for the daily “UFO Traffic Report” in web and audio formats; and publisher of the “MUFON Books” imprint. He is the author of Sacred Dialogue, editor of Silent Invasion, and co-editor of Ron Paul Speaks. Roger was featured in the 2015 season premiere episode of Destination America's "Monsters & Mysteries in America." Roger and his wife, Joyce, live in Scottdale, Pennsylvania, restoring a 1910 Pennsylvania four-square.

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  1. I have seen a UFO. I did not report it or even document it. I did not want to risk my job so I just let it go away. It was a clear day and I got a good look at it. It was like being in a 1950’s science fiction movie. It was a silvery flying saucer with no real details to distinguish, for instance, I could not see any panels, rivets, windows, etc. If I had got a picture of it I imagine people would think that it was fake due to how unbelievably clear and relatively close it was. I am not going to try and say how big it was or how fast it was going, etc., simply because I do not know how accurate my guessing might be. Perhaps we have some technology that is being kept secret, but if so, why would we be flying it in the daytime for all to see. If it is other worldly, someone forgot to put on the cloaking device because it was just flying about minding it’s own business. One detail I would like to share about it is the way in which it glided so smoothly across the sky; I would like to borrow the description of someone I saw on tv who must have seen a similar one. “It glided like a hockey puck on ice.” I really wish I had filmed it, I had it right there.

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