In December of 1980, a number of U.S. military personnel, including airmen Jim Penniston and John Burroughs, were stationed at the Woodbridge Royal Air Force base in Britain. At the time, the installation was being used by the U.S. Air Force.
On December 26, military personnel spotted strange lights in the Rendlesham Forest, just outside the base's boundary. Some 40 military personnel and area residents witnessed the lights. It was initially assumed that an airplane had crashed in the forest. Penniston, Burroughs and others were sent into the forest to investigate the lights.
Penniston and Burroughs spotted a 9-by-6 foot triangular craft with swirling yellow and blue lights, hovering a couple of feet off the ground. Their radios malfunctioned and they could feel static electricity emanating from the craft.
They approached the object and took detailed notes of symbols etched on the surface of the craft, which appeared to resemble Egyptian hieroglyphics.
Penniston also touched the craft, causing him to receive subliminal coded messages.
After about 45 minutes, the craft "brightened" and began to rise above the trees, then took off at an "impossible" speed and disappeared.
When they returned to the base, both of their watches were off by 45 minutes.
Later, Burroughs attached sketches of the craft, and Penniston attached sketches of the strange markings displayed on the craft, to their official U.S. Air Force witness statements.
The following night, the mysterious light returned to the forest area whereupon a female base security officer and her partner entered the area to investigate. The craft shot a beam of light at their vehicle, disabling it, then flew off.
The strange lights returned for a third night in a row.
The Deputy Base Commander, Lt Col Charles Halt, was informed and together with a small group of men went out into the forest to investigate. As they entered the area, radio communications were subjected to interference and mobile generators that the group had brought to illuminate the forest began to black out. Halt and his team then encountered the UFO craft, which at one point fired beams of light down at his party and at the Woodbridge facility.
Lt. Col. Halt had initially assumed he would be able to debunk the reports of a UFO craft, but wound up in a situation he was unable to explain.
Follow-up investigations revealed three small soil imprints in a triangular pattern beneath where the craft had hovered and possibly landed. Plus, radiation levels in the area were high.
Three weeks after the incident, Penniston and Burroughs became seriously ill from what appeared to be radiation exposure.
During this period, Penniston felt compelled to write out the coded message he had received, which consisted of an extensive series of ones and zeros, in a notebook. Once he had recorded the entire string of ones and zeros he was somehow mysteriously able to recall, he was then finally able to sleep well. The notes made no sense to him but he kept them anyway.
Some 30 years later, as the History Channel was making a documentary of the UFO incident in Rendlesham Forest, Penniston's notebook of ones and zeros were discovered to be a message in binary code (commonly used by computers) and was deciphered by submitting the sequence to a binary code interpreter through Internet programmer Nick Ciske.
With very few minor flaws, part of the message reads:
EXPLORATION OF HUMANITY
52^ 09' 42.532" N
13^ 13' 12.69" W
CONTINUOUS FOR PLANETARY ADVANCE
It was soon determined that the two lines of "numbers" in the message were global map coordinates.
Ironically, this is the map coordinate of the "lost" island of Hy Brasil, an island west of Ireland that seems to mysteriously exist and disappear over time.
The accounts of Hy-Brasil are similar to those of Atlantis but whereas Atlantis was reported by one or two ancient historians, Hy-Brasil has been documented in many first-person accounts. Thought to be the home of a highly advanced civilization led by an enclave of high priests, accounts of Hy-Brasil tell tales of advanced technologies, giant cattle, and city towers. Led by priests who proclaimed to have a universal knowledge, the citizens of Hy-Brasil were reported to be highly intelligent and wealthy beyond imagination.
That the island was difficult to find is not hard to envision. Legends of Hy-Brasil tell of an island that was shrouded in fog for much of the time.
The book, IRELAND -- A JOURNEY INTO LOST TIME, by P.A. O'Siochan, refers to knowledge of a lost island inherent throughout Celtic history and literature, off the west coast of Ireland, called Hy Brasil -- Hy meaning "island" and Brasil meaning "mighty" in Gaelic.
Hy Brasil has appeared on maps as early as 1325 when Italian mapmaker Angelino Dulcert included the island of Hy Brasil some 200 miles west of Ireland, southwest of Galway Bay.
The island was circular, with a river (or strait) running east-west across the diameter.
Hy Brasil had also appeared on maps in the 15th century.
The island has been documented by many first-person accounts over the course of time.
In 1480, men from Bristol, England, searched for the island.
In 1497, explorer John Cabot found the island and reported that the island had been discovered in the past by men from Bristol.
In the 1500s, famed navigator Pedro Alvarez Cabral claimed to have reached the island during one of his voyages.
In 1674, Captain John Nisbet claimed to have seen the island on a voyage from France to Ireland. His ship was in familiar waters when a fog rolled in.
As the fog lifted, the ship appeared to be dangerously close to some rocks, so they anchored in three fathoms of water to get their bearings, whereupon four crew members rowed ashore to visit Hy Brasil.
They spent the day on the island and returned to the ship with gold and silver, claiming an old man who lived on the island had given it to them as a gift.
Upon return to Ireland, Nisbet reported that the island was inhabited by large black rabbits and a magician who lived alone in a stone castle whereupon a second ship, under the command of Alexander Johnson, sailed to Hy Brasil and returned to port stating they had also found the island, confirming the reports from the Nesbit experience.
In 1872, author T.J. Westropp and several friends claimed to have seen the island appear, then disappear.
According to local legend, Hy Brasil is shrouded in fog and the mist lifts for only one day every seven years. It is believed to be occupied by a highly advanced civilization of priests and monks.
In February of 2012, a private pilot named Niger Gosseur filed a report that there was a huge blanket of fog over the ocean off the western side of Ireland. As he flew over the area, his flight instruments became erratic for a period of three minutes. When he looked below, he observed a green land mass, where there should not be a land mass. The fog then engulfed the land mass as he continued toward Ireland. He believes he saw the island of Hy Brasil.
There were a total of seven global map coordinates deciphered within the binary coded message that Penniston had recorded -- the other six coordinates pinpoint the following locations:
a location in South America
a location in China
an island in Greece
an ancient city in Central America
Giza in Egypt
All six of these additional locations are considered by many to be global grid energy vortexes.
Perhaps, Hy Brasil is also a global grid energy vortex. Perhaps, it may be a key to the lost island of Atlantis. Perhaps, it's some sort of base for extraterrestrial activity. Or perhaps, it's simply a mysterious island that appears one day every seven years.
Or perhaps, all of the above.
Very mysterious, indeed.
Quote for the Day Under the thinning fog the surf curled and creamed, almost without sound, like a thought trying to form itself on the edge of consciousness. Raymond Chandler (THE BIG SLEEP)
Bret Burquest is the author of 12 books. He lives in the Ozark Mountains with a few dogs and once owned property in Sedona, Arizona, a very special place