On Tuesday, November 5, 1996, at 5:30 p.m., several people in Gypsumville, Manitoba spotted "a hexagon-shaped object" flying overhead. The UFO hovered for several minutes 300 feet from the witnesses and then took off in an easterly direction, heading for Lake Winnipeg. Gypsumville (population 65) is a small town in the "Interlake Region" of central Manitoba, located on Highway 513, approximately four miles east of Route 6.
The current flap began at 2 p.m. on Friday, October 25, 1996 when a family living on the north shore of Lake St. Martin, located five miles southeast of Gypsumville, "saw an unusual object with flashing lights apparently hovering motionless over the lake near their home. Grabbing binoculars, they were able to see that it was shaped like an upside-down bowl and had five rectangular windows in a row on the side facing the witnesses." The UFO's windows were "lit up with different coloured lights, like Christmas lights. After phoning their neighbor, the family watched as "a beam of light" stabbed down from one corner of the UFO and illuminated the surface of the lake.
Two days later, on October 27, 1996, the same family again saw "a blinding light" shining down on Lake St. Martin. Using their binoculars, they watched the UFO for several minutes. Then they rushed to their car and drove down the dirt road to their neighbor's house. As they all stood in the yard, sharing their binoculars, "four objects in formation (began) flying over the lake." Two UFOs on the edge of the formation changed direction suddenly and zoomed away. The remaining two "shone their beams of light at the surface of the lake again. After five minutes, they departed at a very high speed.
On Friday, November 1, Brian Fidler and David Creighton, investigators for Ufology Research of Manitoba (UFOROM) and newspaper reporter Faye Goranson interviewed people living all around Lake St. Martin. They unearthed a number of disturbing stories.
According to Fidler and Creighton, on at least two occasions during the past two weeks, the "hexagon-shaped object" was seen "hovering near the town" of Gypsumville. A similar UFO was also sighted near Fairford Reserve, 12 miles southwest of Gypsumville.
Last summer several children aged 4 to 7 were playing near some haystacks in a pasture near Lake St. Martin when they were approached by a platoon of UFO occupants. "The entities were described as about 3 feet tall with green, oval, slanted eyes. They had pointed ears and dark spikes of hair standing upright on their heads. Their hands were long with 'skinny fingers,' nails like claws and hair on their wrists."
The occupants made no hostile moves at first. Then one alien grabbed the wrist of a little girl. Screaming, she broke free, and, thoroughly frightened, the children all ran home.
Elsewhere in Manitoba, a man living in Oakbank, on the edge of Bird's Hill Provincial Park, nine miles east of Winnipeg, reported that he had seen "a saucer hovering over the woods" back in September. (Thanks to Chris Rutkowski and UFOROM for this story)
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