In October 1978, Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) officer Jim Blackwood responded to a call regarding a strange object off of the coast of Clarenville, a Canadian town on the east coast of Newfoundland in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. When he got there he, along with about a dozen other witnesses, saw something he could not explain. Blackwood recently posted a TV interview from 1978 in which he describes the incident.
According to Canadian newspaper The Packet, Blackwood is now retired and living in Novia Scotia. News of the sighting received a lot of media attention, causing Blackwood to endure years of ridicule. Since leaving Clarenville, he says he rarely speaks about the incident.
However, he did recently speak to The Packet, and in May of this year he posted the UFO interview on YouTube (seen above).
Blakwood was a 25 year-old RCMP constable at the time of the incident. When he reached the location of the witnesses, he says there were about a dozen locals gathered there.
“I went down and the craft was hovering between Clarenville and Random Island, right on the water. It was only a couple hundred feet off the water. It was there for good two hours before it left,” Blackwood told The Packet.
Among the witnesses were Chester Lethbridge and his wife. They had been watching the object with binoculars and did not think turning on the lights was a good idea. They asked why Blackwood would do that, and he responded that he was trying to make contact.
Blackwood says, “[Lethbridge] said he didn’t want to make contact, and he didn’t want to know what was in there and then took off.”
According to The Packet, “Using a special telescope for drug surveillance, the once skeptical Blackwood had an up close view to something he can’t explain to this day.”
“Chester had binoculars. But this thing was a lot better with 60 times magnification. I got to see it close up. It didn’t come any closer to us and as it started to leave it went up slow, taking forever to rise — then vroom — gone like a shooting star,” Blackwood told The Packet.
Blackwood described the object as cigar-shaped and made a sketch of its shape that can be seen in the 1978 interview.
He says he is an aircraft enthusiast and that he estimated the size of the object to be as large as a Boeing 737.
“I’m familiar with aircrafts of all shapes and sizes. But the metal on it was not like aircraft metal. It was very dull and not shiny at all. It wasn’t even smooth. It was very coarse looking,” he said.
“The technology was way beyond what we had then and still way beyond what we have now.”
Alejandro Rojas - OpenMinds