The Dyfed Mystery
One of Britain's strangest UFO flaps occurred on the Welsh coast in 1977. It has been known by various names, including the Dyfed Enigma, the Welsh Triangle case, or the Broad Haven UFO. The story begins with a group of schoolchildren.
The Broad Haven UFOOn February 5 a group of schoolchildren in Broad Haven ran excitedly into their school and told their teacher that they had seen a silver-suited spaceman coming out of a spaceship. Perhaps not surprisingly, their teacher didn't believe them and carried on with the lessons as normal. On getting out of school, however, they claimed they saw the spaceship again. They told friends, parents and everyone they could think of, but no one in the grown-up world would take them seriously. The next day, so miffed were they by this inattention, that they handed in a petition to the police, demanding the incident be investigated properly.
All the fuss caused the headmaster to take the UFO sighting a little more seriously than he had before. He gathered all the children involved in the incident together and asked them to draw what they had seen. The drawings that resulted were highly consistent, showing a saucer-shaped UFO with a dome on top.
This first sighting heralded an extraordinary year of unusual happenings in Wales. As it unfolded, vast numbers of people claimed to see UFOs or to have bizarre, paranormal experiences of other kinds.
The Dyfed Mystery UnfoldsOne family, in particular, was very severely affected by it all. The Coombs family, who were employed at the Ripperston farm, had a number of very strange experiences. Among these were sightings of UFOs from their car; a 7-ft silver-suited being with a black visor appearing outside their window; constant mechanical disturbances, including their car and television set repeatedly breaking down and having to be replaced; and their cows seemingly being teleported from one field to another!
Another of the most famous incidents occurred around the Haven Fort Hotel in Little Haven. The owner of the hotel, a Mrs. Rose Granville, claimed she had seen a saucer-shaped UFO outside of the hotel window. Strange humanoids, wearing whitish boiler suits, emerged from the UFO and walked around for a bit as if gathering something. Mrs. Granville went to fetch other residents of the hotel to show them, but found the UFO and its mysterious occupants gone by the time she returned.
Somewhat distressed by the encounter, Mrs. Granville wrote a letter to her MP who promptly asked the Ministry of Defence to investigate. As a result, Mrs. Granville received a visit from an RAF officer who listened to her story and professed himself mystified by it all.
Some sceptics have claimed that the entire Broad Haven UFO flap was caused by hoaxers. It was noted that silver suits, somewhat resembling those described by the eye-witnesses, were in use at a nearby oil refinery. As happens in almost cases of persistent UFO activity in a specific area, hoaxing does soon enter the picture. Local yahoos see it as a great opportunity to have some fun. The Welsh Triangle flap was no exception. Indeed, some of the hoaxers have now come forward and admitted it publicly. The temptation is to dismiss all of the incidents because of a few fake ones. It's difficult to see how hoaxers could account for all of the flying objects that were sighted, however, so fakery cannot provide a complete explanation for events in the Broad Haven area as a whole.