Friday, July 20, 2007

The Shag Harbour Incident, Part 2

Evidence later emerged from various military and civilian witnesses of a highly secretive military search involving a small flotilla of U.S. and Canadian ships about 30 miles to the NE of Shag Harbour near Shelburne (see map above), site of a top secret submarine detection base. According to one military witness, he was allegedly briefed that the object had been originally picked up on radar coming out of Siberia. After crashing in Shag Harbour, it traveled underwater up the coast and came to rest on top of the submarine magnetic detection grid near Shelburne. The ships were anchored there for a week, apparently in an attempt to recover the object. A barge was hurriedly brought in on which to place the object, with a likely cover story printed in the local newspaper to explain its presence there. (See press coverage immediately below.) Many photographs were taken by divers and some foam-like debris brought up. One American diver named "Harry" stated that the object wasn't from planet Earth. Another military witness claimed that there were actually two objects, one perhaps trying to assist the other. The naval search was suddenly called off on October 11. Coincidentally or not, that night a seemingly identical UFO was seen departing the area by witnesses near the original Shag Harbour crash site.

In the most recent History Channel documentary about the incident, which aired on August 10, 2006, investigators reported that one of the divers involved in the Shag Harbour search did come forward during the mid-1990s, refusing to allow his identity to become known publicly. Once the researchers verified that the man in fact had served as a diver during that search, he recounted his version of what had happened at Shag Harbour.

According to the diver, by the time they reached Shag Harbour, they already knew that nothing would be found there, because the target had already been located off the coast at Shelburne. He went on to further say that the Canadian military and the United States Navy monitored the "unknown objects" by radar and sonar, and that the objects were underwater. This monitoring continued for at least three days, until a Russian submarine was observed entering allied waters to the north. With that, the navy departed to intercept the submarine, and by the time they had returned, the "unknown objects" had evidently departed. There so far has been nothing to substantiate the divers claims, with the exception of archived records that do indicate a substantial amount of search and monitor activity in the Shelburne area during that 10 day period.

Unlike the event at Shag Harbour, no official documentation has yet emerged to support witness stories of a second search near Shelburne.

Today, no known RCMP reports of this sighting remain. The Department of National Defence has identified this sighting as unsolved, and the only documentation that is known to exist is a DND memo.

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