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March 12, 1981 Life was to change abruptly for Juan Gonzalez Santos (42 years of age). On that morning he met face to face with "curious and not-so-sociable American astronauts."
About 10:40 a.m., Juan was at the wheel of his van by N-340 national road, towards Pelayo, a neighborhood on the outskirts of Algeciras, when he saw at the side of the road a "flashy" blaze that caught his attention.
At first he thought they were the lights of an ambulance and that there had been a car accident off the road. He stopped his car to walk to the site where he thought an accident had occurred.
In front of him, less than 25 m distance away from the road, separated by a row of eucalyptus trees, he saw a glowing object, dome-shaped (about 4 meters in diameter and 2 meters high, although with the legs could be measured nearly 4 meters in height) with 5 circular windows at the front, and a large one in the center (50 cm approx.), which seemed to revolve in the opposite direction to clockwise. What was it, Juan thought? He walked in the direction of the object, searching for answers.
As he walked toward the strange artefact, he wondered if it was an American space module with problems, and without thinking twice decided that he would salute the astronauts (sic).
He was still pondering whether to salute the Apollo XI crew when at a few meters from the object, he decided, rather, to contemplate the scene.
The artefact, Juan González told Gómez Serrano, a veteran researcher who was one of the first to interview Juan, was fastened to telescopic legs, and had a bowl-shaped base.
This was clearly visible from where he stood, about fifteen or twenty yards from the object. The color of the artefact was a metallic gray, but brilliant like aluminum.
The object had no seams or screws or anything else that was familiar to him. It was compact and solid.
Serrano calculated that the witness was about 20 meters from the UFO.
On the side was a shield or emblem of black. He had never seen anything like it elsewhere; the symbol was similar to a swastika. (There were more symbols or letters inside the "swastika" that he could not clearly make out.)
Through the windows, Santos was aware of the existence of various beings, inside the craft, but he could only see them from the chest up and he could not see their legs.
On their heads they were wearing fitted helmets, similar to that used by scuba divers and, most curious of all, was that the part over the face was transparent like glass but molded to the face and highlighting it.
Their clothes were brown.
He attempted to jump over a near-by wall that separated the boundaries and subdivisions of the field, when suddenly antennas emerged from the left side of the machine and shot a "Yampa" light (refers to a beam of light that has a solid appearance) that stopped him in his tracks.
He tried, again, to jump over the wall but was hit by another "Yampa" of light that made him moan, watering his eyes, and causing him to see colored lights everywhere, besides producing a sharp pain in the middle of his forehead.
And Juan found that he could not move; he was somewhat paralyzed, but able to move his arms. He stood still because he thought the subjects within that machine did not want him to approach.
The alleged "astronauts," 4 or 5 of them, as seen in the window, seemed to talk among themselves while they kept looking at him. The humanoid in the middle, larger window was, watching Juan all the time, and had what looked like headphones on.
Yet Juan did not think that the humanoids were something extra-human.
(On December 3, 1967, in Ashland, Nebraska, a police officer, Herbert Schirmer, had an alleged close encounter with a alien whose description was strongly reminiscent of Juan’s humanoids, both in dress and in the strange "device" which covered the ears.)
After about 15 or 20 minutes, the legs and the central staircase of the object retreated, and the object, with static in the air (floating in total silence), began to rise,
The artefact was completely silent while in front of him during his ordeal of twelve minutes. He heard no noise.
However, when the object started to tremble (at launch) with undulating movements, it seemed to issue a hiss, like air, accompanied by strong air hose that left a strong smell like burnt electricity that he was not able to explain very well.
Juan Gonzalez added, at the end of his interview with Gómez Serano, a very important detail that I (Jose Caravaca) asked him about in a personal interview I had with him in the mid-nineties:
During the time he was near the wall, he did not hear any noise, neither from the device or from the cars driving along the main road, N-340, in spite of the road being only a hundred feet from him. Nor did he see one car go by, to Algeciras, or to Tarifa. That is strange. The fact must be taken into account that the main road, Algeciras Cadiz, is one of the busiest of the city. After the disappearance of the object, cars began to go through the road.
The tracks left by the object were photographed by J.J. Benitez researcher, showing the shape of the rounded base of the legs.
Each hole in the ground, had a depth of 9 cm (2 in front) and 8.75 centimeters (1 in the back) and 10 centimeters in diameter. Interestingly the more sunken traces corresponded to the extremities, by inclination of the land, which seemed to endure more weight. The weight was estimated at several tons.
Nota Bene: Edited by Rich Reynolds, to whom any errors should be ascribed.