Location of Sighting: Plymouth Coast
Date of Sighting: 8 February 2017
Witness Name: Adam Gould
Witness Statement: Evening of 7 Feb 2017 whilst conducting training with an emergency service, colleagues reported seeing unusual white lights in the night sky off the coast of Plymouth that they could not attribute to aircraft, satellites, shooting stars or other known sources of light.
The following morning (8 Feb 2017) at the first hint of dawn in the same area I witnessed a single bright white light silently tracking across the sky at speed.
I witnessed the light for around 1 minute which gave me plenty of time to consider and analyse various possibilities:
1. Too low to be an aircraft and not be able to hear engines or see strobe light, wing lights etc. Just a single bright white light. The weather was calm and still so sound would easily have been heard if it was an aircraft.
2. Too fast moving to be a low flying aircraft or drone.
At one point the light extinguished as if it had entered some cloud but the sky was completely clear. The light then reappeared with the same intensity.
The light was tracking in a straight line from west to east and moving at significant speed. Witnessed by my girlfriend who was present at the time and ruled out the same aircraft possibilities as above.
I noticed as I got in my car and drove into view of Plymouth Sound that there were several warships anchored there. As a former naval man, I doubt the light was anything to do with the navy as it was too early in the morning and ships under training do not normally commence any kind of flying operations so close to land and at that time of the morning.
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