In 1978, Dique La Florida, in the province of San Luis, Argentina, a group of 6 fishermen witnessed a U̳F̳O̳ and its crew descending to Earth.
The news of how a U̳F̳O̳ crew member descended to Earth in Dique La Florida had great media coverage. The local authorities had to admit the veracity of the event, becoming one of the most notable cases in history.
The mysterious case of Dique La Florida
1978 was an important year for U̳F̳O̳logy, politics and society in general. It was the year with the most U̳F̳O̳ sightings in history.
In January there were up to 40 cases of sightings, with interaction between witnesses and crew members. The following month, Argentina entered within that number with the Dique La Florida case, with the same pattern.
In May and August, San Luis would report 2 more sightings and in September, it would be Córdoba where another U̳F̳O̳ and its crew appeared.
In politics, Argentina was under a military dictatorship, which did not prevent the country from hosting the World Cup. Tensions also begin with Chile over border claims.
The United States was governed by Jimmy Carter, a Democrat who does not hesitate to talk about U̳F̳O̳s. In addition, the Vatican is revolutionized by the assumption of John Paul I.
In the United Nations, the U̳F̳O̳ issue begins to be discussed as a serious issue, gaining more notoriety.
The Dique La Florida case took place on February 4, when a group of fishermen saw a U̳F̳O̳ and how a tall humanoid came out of it and walked on Earth.
The investigations of said event determined that it was real and were corroborated with the footprints.
The report made by the late U̳F̳O̳logist Fabio Zerpa, who promoted the investigation at the facilities of the Club Náutico y Pesca La Florida, Lake La Florida, 38 kilometers from San Luis.
The fishermen were identified as Pedro, Armando and Ramón Sosa, Regino Salvador Perroni, Jacinto Eduardo Lucero and Manuel María Álvarez.
The descent of the crew
After dinner, after midnight, the friends go into the lake on a raft and their fishing equipment. The night was calm and the sky was full of stars.
Late in the morning, 2 of the Sosa brothers decide to sleep and are followed by Jacinto Lucero and Manuel Álvarez. At 4:15 in the morning, a bright light appears to brush against the Moon.
The fishermen think that it is a shooting star, but after 30 minutes, another strange light is inserted in a hill. Just meters from them, to then increase its brightness.
A metallic object, similar to an inverted plate, appears before them, radiating white light from the bottom, with lights alternating between green and deep red on top.
Shortly after, a ladder emerged from the apparatus from which a large being descended, wearing a shiny silver jumpsuit. His features were stylized, blonde hair and on his head there was a kind of transparent diving suit, similar to that of a diver.
The fishermen do not know if the being had feet, since it seemed to float in the air. The scene concludes with a smile from that entity, extending its hands with palms up and making a kind of greeting. The crewman returned to his ship and disappeared into the sky in minutes.
After the event at Dique La Florida, 2 more incidents were reported in San Luis. One on May 4, when a U̳F̳O̳ flotilla of almost 50 luminous objects was seen. The incident report mentions a flying saucer landing alongside a being dressed in a green suit.
What happened after?
Another case was recorded on August 30 in the city of Gobernador Dupuy, with a woodcutter as a witness who claimed to have been abducted by a U̳F̳O̳, where tests were carried out, interacting with a crew member. Interestingly, he also “extended his hands” towards the young man, like the first case.
After the Dique La Florida case became known, a strong investigation began. The first tests confirmed footprints that “were different from the traditional ones.” The report also revealed that it was not possible to verify the phenomena of magnetic radioactive origin or other anomalies.
Despite the media coverage it was at the time, the incident quickly disappeared from the media and was never talked about again.
There were many rumours, some false and skeptical witnesses came out. But officially, nothing more was said.
In 2018, and on the 40th anniversary of the case, many scholars reminisced about the case. Some time later, a lost file was recovered in the United States thanks to the director of CEFORA, Andrea Simondini. However, the report repeated many of the conclusions issued at the time.
An old podcast of the 2012 U̳F̳O̳ Testimony radio program, made by Jorge Marrone and Daniel Valverdi, interviewed a former police officer who participated in the official investigation of the case.
According to his account, he found evidence that is little mentioned in the known documents. A transparent tube, similar to a thermos, where there was a liquid that vaporized practically instantly after being manipulated. The valuable object disappeared some time later and is not mentioned again.
This Dique La Florida case continues to be quite enigmatic for U̳F̳O̳logists, both because of the interaction and because of the abrupt disappearance of the media. Coming, even, to be considered as a “censored” case and that there is more than what is counted.