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URECAT - UFO Related Entities Catalog

URECAT is a formal catalog of UFO related entities sightings reports with the goal of providing quality information for accurate studies of the topic. Additional information, corrections and reviews are welcome at patrick.gross@inbox.com, please state if you wish to be credited for your contribution or not. The main page of the URECAT catalog is here.

Summer 1930, Haverigg, Cumbria, U-K., Philip Irwing:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

The ufology magazine NUFON, in England, reported in its #176 issue of June 1997, the story heard by the ufology group NLUFOIG, of Philip, 80, who was 13 in 1930 when he made a strange encounter:

In Haverigg on the Cumbrian coast, he was enjoying a summer stroll on the beach checking fishing lines with a friend.

As he walked back across the dunes towards the little house that was then his home he spotted "the devil" - but noticed that it did not have a tail.

The entity was of average height and covered by reddish brown hair. Silver foil was covering the body around the waist and feet. The facial features were human but angular. At the sight of this weird being Philip fled.

The magazine also reported that two days earlier, as he was walking home from the cinema, he and a group of about 20 others saw a "comet" in the sky. It was in fact round with flames shooting from the back, and slowly sank towards the ground and then "disappeared". As Philip noted; "In those days we had not heard of flying saucers." He adds that he would probably have forgotten about the "comet", but for the encounter with the hairy man soon afterwards. He insisted that "the being was not of this earth". NUFON notes that very probably the UFO was a meteor - equally unknown to most ordinary folk in the days before TV and UFO debates. But as for the strange entity, they ask, "Who knows?"

A very brief summary without mention of the the probable meteor was produced in ufological catalogs thereafter. One of these sources give the wrong year, another gives the name of the witness as "Philip Irving." Some give a time, as 9 p.m., or "night"; which seems invented.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-001684
Date of event: Summer 1930
Earliest report of event: June 1997
Delay of report: 67 years.
Witness reported via: Told ufologist(s).
First alleged record by: Ufology magazine NUFON.
First certain record by: Ufology magazine NUFON.
First alleged record type: Ufologist(s) in ufology magazine.
First certain record type: Ufologist(s) in ufology magazine.
This file created on: October 6, 2018
This file last updated on: October 6, 2018
Country of event: U-K.
State/Department: Cumbria
Type of location: In the dunes.
Lighting conditions: Not reported.
UFO observed: Unlikely.
UFO arrival observed: Yes
UFO departure observed: N/A
UFO/Entity Relation: Uncertain
Witnesses numbers: 1
Witnesses ages: 13
Witnesses types: Not reported. Teenage boy.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 1
Type of entities: Humanoid
Entities height: Average.
Entities outfit type: Foil covering the body around the waist and feet.
Entities outfit color: Silver.
Entities skin color: Not reported or not visible.
Entities body: Not reported.The diveil but without a tail.
Entities head: Not reported.
Entities eyes: Not reported.
Entities mouth: Not reported.
Entities nose: Not reported.
Entities feet: Not reported.
Entities arms: Not reported.
Entities fingers: Not reported.
Entities fingers number: Not reported.
Entities hair: Covered by reddish brown hair.
Entities voice: None reported.
Entities actions: Was there.
Entities/witness interactions: None.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed, fled.
Witness(es) feelings: Frightened.
Witness(es) interpretation: The devil, later: extraterrestrial being.
Explanation category: Possible extraterrestrial visitors.
Explanation certainty: Low.

Narratives:

[Ref. nu1:] "NORTHERN UFO NEWS":

Alien contact in 1930

Investigation by the LUFOIG

An 80 year old man (Philip) has described his encounter in 1930 in Haverigg on the Cumbrian coast. At the time he was just 13 and enjoying a summer stroll on the beach checking fishing lines with a friend.

As he walked back across the dunes towards the little house that was then his home he spotted 'the devil' - but noticed that it did not have a tail.

The entity was of average height and covered by reddish brown hair. Silver foil was covering the body around the waist and feet. The facial features were human but angular. At the sight of this weird being Philip fled.

He also reports that two days earlier when he was walking home from the cinema he and a group of about 20 others saw a 'comet' in the sky. In fact, it was quite different - being round with flames shooting from the back. It slowly sank towards the ground and then disappeared As Philip notes; 'In those days we had not heard of flying saucers.' He adds that he would probably have forgotten about it but for the encounter with the hairy man soon afterwards. He insists that 'the being was not of this earth'. Very probably the UFO was a fireball meteor - equally unknown to most ordinary folk in the days before TV and UFO debates. But as for the strange entity. Who knows?

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

Albert Rosales indicates in his catalogue that in Haverigg Dunes, Cumbria, England, in the Summer of 1930, at night, "13-year old Philip had gone to visit the dunes in order to meet with a friend. There he encountered a bizarre creature of average height covered in thick fur, reddish brown in color with a human-like angular face. It appeared to have a silver plate on its chest and silvery talons on its feet. The witness fled the area."

Albert Rosales indicates that the source is "NUFON # 176".

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

Summer 1930 - Haverigg Dunes, Cumbria, UK

Summer 1930 21:00

Haverigg Dunes, Cumbria, UK

13-year old Philip had gone to visit the dunes in order to meet with a friend. There...

13-year old Philip had gone to visit the dunes in order to meet with a friend. There he encountered a bizarre creature of average height covered in thick fur, reddish brown in color with a human-like angular face. It appeared to have a silver plate on its chest and silvery talons on its feet. The witness fled the area.

Hynek rating: CE3

Vallee rating: AN3

The source is indicated as "Rosales, Albert, Humanoid Sighting Reports Database".

[Ref. bn1:] BARTON N. NUNNELY:

A hairy creature with a human and "very angular" face was seen in 1913, as it emerged from the brush in Haverigg, Cumbria, Britain. The witness, a thirteen-year-old boy visiting the dunes to meet one of his friends, described the monster as a thick-furred entity with long, silvery talons and some sort of silver plate on its chest.

[Ref. ta1:] "THINK ABOUT IT" WEBSITE:

Date: Summer 1930

Location: Haverigg Dunes, Cumbria, England

Time: night

Summary: 13-year old Philip had gone to visit the dunes in order to meet with a friend. There he encountered a bizarre creature of average height covered in thick fur, reddish brown in color with a human-like angular face. It appeared to have a silver plate on its chest and silvery talons on its feet. The witness fled the area.

Source: NUFON # 176

[Ref. pr1:] PETER ROGERSON:

Summer 1930.

HAVERIGG (CUMBERLAND now CUMBRIA : ENGLAND)

13 year old Philip Irviing [sic] was walking back from the beach across the sand dunes, when he encountered an entity of average height covered by reddish brown hair. The lower part of its body was covered by a sort of silver foil. The lad fled. Two days previously he had seen a fireball in the sky, apparently landing.

NUFON News 176 p14 citing investigation by NLUFOIG

Evaluation -Tale told 67 years after the event when the alleged witness was 80.

Points to consider:

I have nothing to add to the comments of the primary source [nu1]; except that we should have been informed whether the witness was still sharp. On the other hand, it would only be a speculation if someone suggests that he wasn't. An event like this, if real, can only be kept vivid in one's memory.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Ufology Severe October 6, 2018 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Single witness case. - -
1 Data Severe October 6, 2018 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Lack of information on psychological health of the 80-year-old witness. Help needed. Opened.

Evaluation:

Possible extraterrestrial visitors.

Sources references:

* = Source I checked.
? = Source I am told about but could not check yet. Help appreciated.

Document history:

Authoring

Main Author: Patrick Gross
Contributors: None
Reviewers: None
Editor: Patrick Gross

Changes history

Version: Created/Changed By: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross October 6, 2018 Creation, [nu1], [ar1], [ud1], [bn1], [ta1], [pr1].
1.0 Patrick Gross October 6, 2018 First published.

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