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21/09/2021 – Karniaris, Corfu – Red Orb Sighting

Birmingham UFO Group Case Report

Author: Dave Hodrien

Release Date: 14/10/2021


On 22nd September 2021 I was contacted via Facebook in response to a case report of a red sphere that was seen over Birmingham. I was informed by the lady, Elaine, that she had witnessed something similar the previous evening from their hotel in Corfu.


Several days later when she arrived home we went over the incident in more depth.


Sighting Details


On 21st September 2021 Elaine and her partner were on holiday in Corfu and staying on the North coast at Mareblue Beach Resort. It was around 9pm and they were sitting by the poolside facing towards the East. There were not many other people around as the hotel was less busy than it would normally be due to Covid-19. It was a very warm and beautiful evening.


Aerial map of Mareblue Beach Resort showing the location the witnesses were sitting

Photograph of the swimming pool

Elaine was looking at the moon to the East visible in the sky beyond a hill to the East of the resort. Near to the moon was a bright star. Alongside this Elaine noticed a red orb of light at an elevation of about 50 degrees. She pointed it out to her husband exclaiming “Oh look at that!” Her husband Darren responded saying “It’s a plane.” However aircraft tend to also have other navigation lights or strobes. This was just a ball of bright red light which was completely stationary in the sky.


Aerial map showing the position of the witnesses (A) and the hillside (B)

The couple stared at it for 3-4 minutes. Suddenly the light briefly vanished then re-appeared. At this Darren exclaimed “Yeah that is a bit odd I guess.” Elaine had previously looked into the UFO subject and had heard that it’s sometimes possible to telepathically communicate with them. She told Darren what she was going to do and then tried asking in her mind “Can you do that again?”


A moment later the red orb once again vanished and re-appeared, seemingly in response to her request! After this it remained stationary for about 40 seconds. All of a sudden it moved to the right in a Southerly direction a short way for several seconds before halting again. The movement was smooth and precise. It then pulsed a little brighter than it had been. Then without warning it descended rapidly straight downwards and was lost from sight behind the hillside.


Photograph of the sighting location in the direction the UFO was seen. The hillside can be seen in the distance

The couple were amazed at what they’d just witnessed! Elaine kicked herself for not having tried to record it on her mobile phone. She said that Darren didn’t have his on him as it was a work mobile so was switched off, but she had hers. However she was so transfixed by the orb that she didn’t think to start recording it.


The object must have been out over the sea at least 1.5 km from their location as it dropped down behind the hillside, which was 1 km to their East. It is unknown if it went right down to the water or not.


Sighting Analysis


This is an interesting sighting of a glowing or lit object which certainly appeared to be under control. It could not have been an aeroplane as it hovered motionless for a number of minutes. A distant helicopter also seems extremely unlikely because of the fact no other lights were visible, and how rapidly the object descended at the end of the sighting.


A drifting Chinese lantern or lit inflatable again seems very unlikely. Chinese lanterns are very hard to purchase these days due to the fire risk. LED balloons are available but the light was clearly out over open ocean, not really the sort of location someone would launch such an object. Also it was quite distant so would have to have been quite bright and potentially sizeable. The movement patterns the object was performing seemed too direct and controlled to be a drifting inflatable, with periods of motionless hovering and then sudden shifting manoeuvres.


Again these movements point away from the object being some kind of natural Earth light or ball lightning. This also tends to be white or blue-white in colour, quite small and only occurs in stormy weather conditions. It was a clear and very pleasant evening.


A mundane explanation which could potentially explain the sighting would be that of a drone being flown on the far side of the hillside. Perhaps someone was flying a quad drone at the edge of the water with a red light on it (or multiple red lights which had merged into one due to the distance). This would be able to hover still in the sky, suddenly move in a direction and descend rapidly as was witnessed. Perhaps a couple of times the individual flying the drone decided to remotely switch off the lights on it. Or maybe it rotated in a certain direction where the lights were temporarily blocked.


An example photograph of a quad drone with a red light

If it was not a drone, then there is the possibility it was an advanced craft of some kind, but this explanation cannot be fully ruled out. It’s unlikely we will ever get to confirm this one way or the other, so for now the sighting remains unexplained.


Elaine has had a previous sighting of a glowing object which she photographed, although I feel certain that in this instance it has a mundane explanation. Click here to go to the report.


Copyright Dave Hodrien 2021


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