1973 Coast Guard UFO

November 1973
Modern satellite image of the mouth of the Pascagoula River and U.S. Coast Guard Station.
Modern satellite image of the mouth of the Pascagoula River and U.S. Coast Guard Station.

Two fishermen and the Coast Guard on the Pascagoula River observed "an unidentified submerged illuminating object" that projected a beam of amber light and followed their boats.

On November 6, 1973, Raymond Ryan was night fishing on the Pascagoula River when he observed an underwater object that followed his boat. Ryan brought his twin brother, Rayme, to the river later that evening, and the two observed the object again, and even poked it with their oars.

The two men then alerted Coast Guard officials in Pascagoula, and the Coast Guard arrived at 9:40 PM in a 16-foot boat. According to a Coast Guard spokesman, "The object was located in four to six feet of water, moving at four to six knots...an amber beam, between four and six inches in diameter, attached to a bright, metal object...it would appear to go out and move away and then reappear." The Coast Guard called the observed object "an unidentified submerged illuminating object."

This incident has been overshadowed by a more infamous incident earlier that year in Pascagoula, in which two fishermen, Charles Hickson and Calvin Parker, claimed to have been abducted by aliens while fishing off a pier on the west bank of the Pascagoula River.


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Official Explanation

No official explanation by the Coast Guard or other authorities.

Counter Argument



Eyewitness accounts by at least two brothers and the Coast Guard of a submerged metallic object projecting an amber beam.

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