On the afternoon of 13th August 1947 trout farmer, A.C. Urie, along with his two young sons, 10-year-old Billy, and 8-year-old Keith, would witness an event unlike any other before or since.
Urie operated the Auger Falls Trout Farm whose waters ran through the Snake River Canyon. On this summer’s day, at around 1 pm, Urie’s two sons were crossing the water in a small boat from the north side of the river. He couldn’t understand what was keeping them as both of whom were experienced enough to control the vessel. He made his way to the river bank, looking down on the water.
From there, he had a “close-up view of the flying saucer” as it zipped past him going around 100 miles per hour and at an altitude of around 75 feet from the surface of the Canyon. Urie would elaborate that both he and his sons watched the disc-like craft from their differing angles.
He would state that it moved in sympathy with the surface below it:
…up and down over the hills and hollows at a speed indicating some type of control faster than the reflexes of man!
He would further state that it would use “atomic energy” and, perhaps importantly, would make a “swishing” sound. The exact words that Urie would use to describe the shape of the craft was like “an inverted pie-plate” or a “compressed straw hat” which was around 20 feet in length, as well as around 10 feet each in height and width.
He continued to watch the shining otherworldly craft as it quickly moved out of his, and his sons’ line of sight. Not at all sure what he had seen, Urie was more than aware that something different had taken place. In fact, even at that point, he believed he was involved in one of those “flying saucer” situations.
When he was later pressed if he really believed he had seen a “flying saucer” he would state bluntly:
I know a number of people who have seen them. And I know that they’re not just imagining seeing these things or trying to get their names in the paper!
While he wasn’t a “believer” in such things before, the fact he had seen such a craft with his own eyes had changed his mind completely. Of his two young sons, he would claim they were “scared and uneasy” during the incident, although they remained calm throughout, each providing their own detailed report.
Ultimately, over three decades after the sighting, J. Allen Hynek would write that it was almost certain that the Urie’s were truthful in their account. And what’s more, as we will examine shortly, the number of sightings at the time of a very similar nature is just a further testament to this.
Further still, while there were already three witnesses to this sighting, nearby were several other witnesses who would, circumstantially at least, corroborate the sighting. NOTE: The above image is CGI.
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