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Search and rescue flares looked like UFOs

Jeanette Arsenault captured this image of the search and rescue flares over Morrison Point.

Jeanette Arsenault captured this photograph just after midnight over Morrison Point last night after her neighbour informed her of “bright golden lights in the sky”.  “One would light up then another one would light up,” Arsenault said. “You could see both then the first one would go out.” The neighbour reported PEC OPP told him there was a search and rescue effort going on and that it was the lighting flares that they were seeing.
Janet Kellough reports they looked  like they were moving from Pt. Traverse to Amherst Island at roughly 3-4 min. intervals. “One would blink out to the NE just as the next appeared in the SW.” She first saw them around 11 p.m. and they were still going at 6 a.m. She suspected Search and Rescue, but the long-time County author and storyteller also suggested it may be “the Marysburgh Vortex”.

A countylive.ca Facebook fan writes FYI: 424 Search and Rescue Squadron out of CFB Trenton was performing a search over Lake Ontario last night after a sailor went missing on a lake freighter. 424 uses these flares to create false daylight.

Lake Ontario search for missing man ends

From Quinte News, (Mix 97, CJBQ, Rock 107) Friday, Oct. 22

The U.S. Coast Guard says it has ended the search of Lake Ontario for a crewmember missing from a Canadian-flagged freighter.

The Canadian Provider contacted authorities on Wednesday afternoon to report that a 59-year-old crewmember from Nova Scotia hadn’t been seen since earlier in the day.
Gary Carlton is believed to have fallen off the lake freighter and was last seen when the ship was in American waters. U.S. Coast Guard officials say the search for Carlton continued for about 25 continuous hours and covered more than 8,100 square kilometres from central Lake Ontario to the Saint Lawrence River .

Rob Kellough shares his photo of "Lights in the Sky!" noting that "At about 11pm last night we noticed a brilliant yellowish orange light hanging in the Southeast (from Waupoos) sky. It would last for several minutes die out and immediately be replaced by another in the same place. The attached photo suggests they were military flares probably dropped by aircraft. I don't know if it was an exercise or they were searching for something, but wow, they were bright. Alas, ET need not call home...this time."

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  1. Ash says:

    So those are what I saw Thursday morning! It was around 6:30 when I saw them! Was eating breakfast and could see them out the kitchen window.

  2. Chris says:

    From the Quinte News:

    “The U.S. Coast Guard says it has ended the search of Lake Ontario for a crew member missing from a Canadian-flagged freighter.”

    “The Canadian Provider contacted authorities on Wednesday afternoon to report that a 59-year-old crew member from Nova Scotia hadn’t been seen since earlier in the day.
    Gary Carlton is believed to have fallen off the lake freighter and was last seen when the ship was in American waters. U.S. Coast Guard officials say the search for Carlton continued for about 25 continuous hours and covered more than 8,100 square kilometres from central Lake Ontario to the Saint Lawrence River .”

  3. Theresa says:

    Can we put a name and a face to the man that was lost? What about his family? What about him? Who was he?

  4. Bill Nicholson says:

    We live in the hills north of Warkworth and we see these lights out over the lake very regularly. We thought they must be rescue training missions out of Trenton ?

  5. Walter Egot says:

    Flares that look like UFOs? Or UFOs that look like flares.

  6. Mike says:

    They’re here living amongst us!

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