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Sighting Reports Previous to 1990

Man Recalls Seeing Black Ball Descend From Clouds & Land

Sketch of Object by Witness.

The Hoquiam River is in Western Washington State Near the Pacific Ocean.
Man Recalls Seeing Black Ball Descend From Clouds & Land.

Date of Sighting: 1969 (Exact Date Unknown)
Time of Sighting: During Daylight (Exact Time Unknown)
Location of Sighting: On Hoquiam River Near Hoquiam, Washington (See Map)

Description: I was not sure where to send my encounter. This happened nearly 40 years ago, but I remember it like yesterday. My father, brother and I were riding in a small skiff on the Hoquiam River in Washington State. We were going up river to do some fishing. I was at the bow of the boat watching for logs and other tree limbs in the water so we didn't hit them. I have got to mention too it was a real windy, rainy gray day which is typical here. Ahead the river curves to the left. From around the corner, up about 50 ft this big black ball comes into view traveling at maybe 30 MPH. It stays at the same altitude over our boat and seems to see us and lands in the river behind us about 50 ft to 60 ft back. My father turns the boat around and we go back to check it out. It sits on top of the water maybe 4 feet from us. It was not moving from our wake or the wind. We went around it several times and sat there just looking at it. Then up it goes into the clouds and GONE. IT WENT STRAIGHT UP! It was a flat to semi-gloss black. It looked solid and perfectly round. It made no sound. It was about 2 to 3 feet in diameter. It was so close we could have reached over the side of boat and touched it, but we knew this was NOT just a toy. I don't think it even broke the surface tension of the water. What are your thoughts on it?

Note: My thoughts are that this was an unidentified flying object. Certainly no weather balloon is going to desend from the clouds on a rainy, windy day and then take off after landing. Wow!