- Source: Diario La Arena (La Pampa, Argentina)
- August 4, 2002
- LOCAL RESIDENT CLAIMS SEEING UFO - HOSPITALIZED
- Cellphone snatched by unidentified object above
- JACINTO ARAUZ (C)--A
well-known resident of Jacinto Arauz was hospitalized late Friday in a
state of shock after having had a strange experience in a field he owns,
and which he was only able to discuss in early hours this morning.
- Police officer Marcelo Alarcon told this correspondent's
ofifce that on Friday afternoon, Raul Dorado, 64, was touring the field
located 5 km northeast of the town, as he is accustomed to do. The man
explained to the police that "he heard loud sound on two occasions,
like a whirlwind, which drew his attention. The third time, he saw something
he describes as a green circle with three legs hovering over him. "
- At that moment, Dorado fell to the ground, and according
to his story, he carried a shotgun, binoculars and a cellphone, the latter
which was "taken from his hand, and he could clearly see being sucked
into the object, which was apparently at low altitude, being unable to
specify how high it was.
- After the object disappeared toward the east, Dorado
remained at the location for an hour before being able to rise and walk
back to his car, returning to town in a state of shock. He was barely able
to say a word, using signs and writing. Aided by his wife and neighbors,
the man was admitted to the local hospital where he was cared for by Dr.
Ana Maria Lazaric. In her preliminary examination, Lazaric was able ot
verify that the ring finger on the left hand had a puncture mark on the
upper part of the nail, in the cuticle. Dorado could not say if it had
occured in his routine duties or at the moment, but he did say that he
was experiencing severe pain in that hand.
- The man, who was only able to regain speech in early
hours of the morning, said it is the first time that such a thing has happened
to him. The police, at the command of the General Acha Regional Unit, commanded
by inspector sheriff Carlos Munoz, is preparing an intervention with the
Second Court of General Acha, presided by Judge Alvaro Reyes.
- Meanwhile, Dorado's wife said yesterday that her husband
was doing rather well at home and that he had fully regained his speech.
The woman asked that her husband be granted some time to process the event
he has lived through.
- [Mrs. Dorado] said that it was hard to describe the experience,
because when [Mr. Dorado] reached the house "he hugged me and wept,
unable to speak." She also maintained that her husband, who was calmer
now, admits to having intended to fire his shotgun at the object, but was
unable to. And regarding the puncture on his finger, it was on the hand
in which he held the cellphone. "It happened when it was taken away
from him. Some of his fingers still hurt and he feels an itching sensation."
- Following this incident, Deputy Sheriff Daniel Rosane,
who is on furlough but willingly made himself available for questions,
reported that he has since dialed the rancher's cellphone a few times.
It would ring and then made the typical sound of when buttons are being
pressed to dial.
- In a subsequent attempt, he discovered that the phone
was answered, but only heard breathing sounds. In later attempts, the operator
reported that the phone was either off or out of range.
- Translation (C) 2002. S. Corrales, Institute of Hispanic
- Special thanks to Gloria Coluchi.