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UFO Sparks Search On Shores Of Loch Ness

From: Joe McGonagle <joe.mcgonagle.nul>
Date: Sun, 21 Aug 2011 17:15:02 +0100
Archived: Sun, 21 Aug 2011 18:55:43 -0400
Subject: UFO Sparks Search On Shores Of Loch Ness


STV (Scotland)

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By Gordon Darroch
21 August 2011 10:45 GMT

UFO sparks search on shores of Loch Ness

Emergency services were called out to investigate reports of a
'round, balloon-like' object falling from the sky near the
village of Dores.

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Scene: Witnesses reported a falling object near the village of
Dores. Pic: =A9 Dave Conner

A mysterious flying object above Loch Ness sparked a large-scale
search by emergency services.

Police, coastguard officers, a lifeboat crew and an RAF search
and rescue helicopter scoured the around Dores, on the southern
shore of the loch, following reports of an object falling from
the sky at about 8pm on Saturday.

Northern Constabulary said the object was described as being
"round, balloon-like in shape and blue in colour".

The search was carried out amid fears that a parachutist or
hang-glider could have crash-landed in the remote area, but
after three hours no trace of an aircraft or parachute could be
found and the search was stood down.

One local resident, Denise Rooney, told STV's Facebook page she
had noticed an object in the sky while having a barbecue in the
hills above Dores.

She said: "I pointed out a white globe that I thought was a star
initially but it moved across the sky. It was very far away.
Could have been anything and it was on a steady path.

"I just remembered thinking I could see it but not hear it and
it was an unusual flight path from that direction."

Rescue workers said the alarm was raised in good faith and
commended members of the public who called out the emergency
services.

Loch Ness RNLI crew member Martin Douglas said: "A member of the
public reported seeing a hang glider or microlight descending
into the loch.

"The RNLI lifeboat crew spoke to people on the shoreline who
stated that they had seen a balloon-like object just above the
tree line near Dores."

His colleague Vivian Bailey added: "Speed of arrival on scene
was essential and we were able to link our search efforts with
those of the Coastguard and RAF, something we practice
regularly.

"We believe the reports were based on sightings causing genuine
concern and we commend the actions of the members of the public
that contacted the emergency services."

A police spokeswoman said: "Northern Constabulary and HM
Coastguard responded to a report of an object falling from the
sky on the south side of Loch Ness approximately two to five
kilometres south-west of the village of Dores.

"The object was described as being round, balloon-like in shape
and blue in colour.

"An extensive search was carried out by police, coastguard, Loch
Ness lifeboat and RAF search and rescue helicopter 137, with
nothing untoward being found."

Anyone with information relevant to the sighting is asked to
contact Northern Constabulary on 01463 715555.



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