Bizzare Alien Encounter of An Uruguay Navy Man Who Almost Shot At UFO

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Uruguay was the first country in South America that established the official UFO agency in 1979. Later, other countries like Chile, Peru, Ecuador, and Argentina followed the Uruguayan model. There are not many sightings reported in Uruguay, but the Isla De Lobos sighting is the best UFO case due to its detailed investigation done by the members of the C.I.O.V.I. research group.

On October 28, 1972, five men were at the lighthouse situated in the Isla De Lobos, a small island a few miles off the Uruguayan coast. During that time, the lighthouse served as the Navy headquarters. The five Navy personnel who were stationed at the house were Corporal Juan Fuentes Figueroa, Jose Gomez, and Hector Gimenez, Jose Lima, and the sub-officer in charge, Francisco Cascudo.

All the men were resting after having dinner and at around 10:10 p.m, Corporal Juan Fuentes went for a routine inspection of power generators, located at the base of the lighthouse. As he started walking toward the generators, his attention was grabbed by the strange lights at the top of the house which was a terrace, around 20 feet above the ground.

Isla de Lobos Lighthouse UFO sighting
Isla de Lobos Lighthouse, Uruguay

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He found the lights completely unusual. At first, he thought of car headlights but that was not the case. He decided to check them and on his way, he carried a pistol with him without telling other men.

He removed the safety from the pistol and started approaching the lights. He saw a craft that appeared to him in different colors such as white, yellowish, and violet. The lights allowed him to see a strange figure, standing next to the object and there were two other figures, descending from the craft.

The first two figures noticed Fuentes approaching them with a pistol. His arm was pointing a weapon at the figures and he was in a position to pull the trigger but he could not do it as he was paralyzed. At some point, he felt some physical effects like a “vibration” and goosebumps. Besides, he heard a voice in his head, saying “Don’t shoot because it is useless.”

After that, the entities got back into the craft. The door closed sideways, and the craft started to move straight up, emitting a humming sound until it reached about 45 meters. Then it tilted, belched a blinding fireball from the bottom, and disappeared in silence at a tremendous speed toward the southeast.

UFO encounter
Illustration of UFO encounter by Corporal Juan Fuentes Figueroa

According to Fuentes:

“The craft had the shape of an inverted bowl, with a diameter of between 4 and 5 meters. It had a dome on top and a rectangular aperture or door, used by the entities to descend. It also had legs, which the witness saw clearly during the first stage of the departure. as the craft was slowly gaining altitude. Those legs did not fold like the landing gear of a plane, but retracted telescopically.

The surface of the craft was undoubtedly metallic, with a somewhat reddish color that Fuentes compared to mahogany. The most distinctive feature of the object was the antenna that topped it, shaped like a corkscrew and rotating.”

Fuentes returned to the lighthouse and told the other men what he had witnessed. No one believed his flying saucer story except Sub-Officer Cascudo. After that, he was ordered to report his sighting to a higher-ranking officer who listened to him very carefully.

Fuentes said that there were two officers, supposedly from the US embassy, who were taking notes of the incident in the background. According to him, they were from “Spatial Affair Service.” While he was waiting in the corridor, someone showed him UFO drawings, asking which one could be closer to the craft he had seen.

The Americans did not talk with Fuentes directly, but they were surprised by his closest approach to the craft. The whole sighting lasted for a minute and Fuentes had a direct view of the object for 15 seconds. Although it was a single-witness sighting, it is one of the best cases from Uruguay.

Fuentes went through interrogations where Sub-officer Cascudo backed him. He described Fuentes as a “simple and honest man, incapable of inventing a story of this nature.” It was concluded that the probability that the witness was telling the truth was high. Unfortunately, the Isla de Lobos case was never solved but it became one of the best UFO sightings of South America.

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