UFOs are the talk of the West Coast after reports of one
man's 'close encounter' at Rutherglen on Tuesday night.
Although no other witnesses have come forward about the
sighting; in which Matthew Robert Haisty claims to have come
across a UFO parked on the road right outside Shantytown
before it took off in a flash of blinding light; David
Skelton said today he witnessed strange lights moving about
in nearby Taylorville about the same time.
He said he saw strange lights from his window and initially
thought a plane was going down. The lights were travelling
west, too slow for a meteor but too fast to be a helicopter
or plane. They were also too low to be from a shooting star.
The Shantytown UFO incident has created much discussion
on-line, with people taking to social networks to voice a
range of theories and messages of both support and
Many claimed that hallucinogenic drugs or alcohol must be
responsible, while others maintained that some things simply
could not be explained.
Kelsey Prendergast said on Facebook: "I believe it's true.
I've had sightings and I was blown away."
Elizabeth Tones was also supportive: "UFO is an unidentified
flying object, doesn't mean green men in spaceships. Sad that
people have such nasty things to say about others who see
Meanwhile, the news has gone global online and has excited
alien watchers and UFO websites.
AlteredDimensions.net said: "Greymouth has been a hot spot
for UFO activity for at least a decade, with reports from
citizens throughout the area describing orange, red and green
lights moving through the sky, green spheres travelling along
the local hills and metallic discs flying in the area."
- By Nikki-Leigh Wilson of the Greymouth Star