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2006-May-22, 06:31 PM
The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) is monitoring a mysterious situation on the KZN south coast.

"Numerous" eye-witnesses reported an unidentified flying object crashing into the sea on Saturday.

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Latitude 30°45'0.00"S Longitude 30°26'60.00"E

Source (http://www.news24.com/News24/South_Africa/News/0,,2-7-1442_1936528,00.html)

I sent a few e-mails yesterday but i`ve heard nothing back...Bolides!

Anyone know anything?

Ken G
2006-May-22, 07:54 PM
OK, here's a classic example of most likely versus least likely explanations. What is known is that many people saw something that looked, either at the time or in hindsight, like an aircraft crashing into the water. We also know that no aircraft were reported missing. So here are three possibilities that come to me:
1) it was an aircraft of the type that don't get reported
2) it was not an aircraft, but some kind of natural phenomenon
3) it was an alien spaceship
I've listed these in order of most to least likely, in my opinion. The main mystery here is why anyone would resort to explanation #3, given all the various possibilities of types 1 and 2.

2006-May-22, 09:52 PM
You forgot to include a piece of space junk.

2006-May-22, 10:00 PM
Actually, the news source quotes witnesses as saying they thought they saw an aircraft crash into the water.

I think the UFO was put in the headline of the news story to get attention, although literally it is true as the object is or was unidentified.

2006-May-22, 10:17 PM
i should have said unidentified falling object.

The lack of any mention of a sonic boom heard may mean it could be a deflated weather balloon or aeroplane, rather than a meteor.

Ken G
2006-May-22, 10:38 PM
Let's face it, the problem is that the order of "niftiness" is different from the order of "plausibility". That's the UFO craze in a nutshell.

2006-May-23, 01:12 AM

"Following a full-scale search of the area covering 12 square nautical miles nothing has been found. There are no reports of activity in the area that may be related to this incident and there are no aircraft reported overdue or missing" - Eddie Noyons, National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) Shelley Beach station commander.

Numerous eye-witnesses - including teachers and pupils attending a sports event at the high school, by-standers and local fishermen - were convinced they had seen an aircraft go into the water.
They said they saw smoke and described "water exploding".
Some also reported seeing flames.
Source (http://www.news24.com/News24/South_Africa/News/0,,2-7-1442_1936528,00.html)

The search for the unidentified object on Saturday has been put on hold on Monday because of rough weather conditions.

"The search was called off on Sunday and will only resume once the sea is calm. At the moment the sea is not conducive to diving. Rescue workers were unable to find oil slicks or petrol or any signs of a wreckage. We aren't yet sure what it was that crashed into the sea" - Eddie Noyons.


Frans van Rensburg, a teacher at Port Shepstone High School, said on Monday it was simply a tornado that sucked up the sea water behind the breakers.
It was halftime during a rugby match between the first rugby teams of Port Shepstone and Ixopo when he noticed a dark cloud just before noon on a perfectly sunny Saturday morning.
Source (http://www.news24.com/News24/South_Africa/News/0,,2-7-1442_1937431,00.html)

2006-May-23, 11:01 AM
questions still remain...

ie, who won the rugby match?

2006-May-24, 04:07 AM
Port Shepstone: 1st Port Shepstone 12 Ixopo 13

2006-May-24, 04:26 PM
A bad day for Port Shepstone...

2006-May-24, 06:59 PM
In an attempt to keep this thread related to astronomy:

Mail & Guardian: UFO 'probably a small meteorite or something' (http://www.mg.co.za/articlepage.aspx?area=/breaking_news/breaking_news__national/&articleid=272502)

"We are not sure what it was as we are still unaware of any missing aircraft, but will continue the search at the weekend. It’s probably a small meteorite or something. The weekend will be a nice time for diving," said Noyons.
Chances are likely better it's meteorlogical:

Independent Online: It was a waterspout, say experts (http://www.int.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=14&art_id=vn20060523023919872C133591)

NSRI spokesperson Paul Bevis said the loud crash could have been caused by waterspouts which had been caused by a tornado out at sea.

"This is a very natural weather phenomenon," he said, adding that the diameter of the tornado was usually 20m-30m, but could expand to as much as 200m. He said the whirlwind looked like water in a bath going down the drain.
But, the search is suspended and may resume on the weekend.

The Citizen: Port Shepstone ‘object’ search to resume (http://www.citizen.co.za/index/article.aspx?pDesc=17374,1,22)

The search for an unidentified object which crashed into the sea at Port Shepstone on Saturday will resume at the weekend as there were no bodies to search for, the National Sea Rescue Institute said on Tuesday.
“It is unlikely that we will go out to search before the weekend. The NSRI’s core business is rescuing people and here there is no loss of life involved,” said NSRI Shelley Beach Station Commander Eddie Noyons.
We'll probably never know, as solid evidence of a waterspout or meteor would be hard to come by.