Falcon Lake (Stephen/Stefan Michalak) UFO Incident
Michalak, a resident of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, was a
amateur geologist and passionate part time prospector. On May 19,
1967, having decided to indulge his passion for the
weekend, he checked
into a motel on the Trans-Canada Highway near Falcon Lake, a
area located on the southern boundary of Whiteshell Provincial Park
area with which he was already familiar having worked it a
times), grabbed a coffee in the motel‘s beverage room and headed for
after 5 a.m. the morning of May 20 he headed into the brush and
within a few hours had found a promising vein of quartz (quartz and
silver are often found in close proximity). After setting up a base
camp he broke for lunch before returning to his investigation of the
noon his concentration was broken by what sounded like the cackling of
geese, looking up he was startled to see two UFOs
descending from a largely cloudless sky. One allegedly landed
nearby while the other after hovering for a short time headed west its
color changing from bright red to orange then grey.
studying the landed object and making a crude sketch he gathered his
nerve and moved closer. The craft was disk shaped, approximately forty
feet in diameter, grey in color (it had previously been red), smelled
like rotten eggs and was emitting an annoying hum.
a door opened revealing a brightly lit interior inside of which he
allegedly heard voices, attempts to converse with the hidden crew
fruitless and touching the ship’s side resulted in a melted glove. As
quickly as it opened the door closed and Michalak found
himself facing a grid-like vent, from which a red hot exhaust blasted
forth, set his clothes on fire and seared his
chest. Shortly thereafter the craft and its unseen inhabitants
with the burning prospector lifted off and disappeared skyward.
this point Michalak apparently feeling weak and dizzy, vomited, then
made his way back through the dense brush to the highway where he
flagged down a RCMP cruiser.
his report the police officer described the incident:
approximately 3 p.m. I was patrolling one half mile west of Falcon
Beach when I noticed a man walking . . . He was wearing a grey cap,
jacket with no shirt . . . He shouted to me to stay away from him. I
him why and he replied that he had seen two spaceships. He said I might
get some sort of skin disease or radiation if I came to close . . . I
not smell the odor of liquor on Michalak. His general appearance was
not dissimilar to that of a person who has over indulged. His eyes were
bloodshot and when questioned in detail could or would not answer
coherently. I offered to drive him to Falcon Beach and arrange for
someone to treat him but he declined.
though he had originally refused the offer of help he later visited the
RCMP office and enquired about a doctor, upon being informed
that none were immediately available he returned to Winnipeg.
returning home he was taken to the hospital by his family telling the
doctor the burns on his chest were caused by airplane exhaust (The burn
was grid-like covering an area a foot square.)
following months saw Michalak lose weight, suffer swelling and
experience fainting spells but through it all he never wavered from
RCMP after trying to find the encounter site with
no success had their doubts about the veracity of the prospector’s
claims. Claims placed even further in doubt when they learned from the
motel's bartender that Michalak had been drinking alcohol not
coffee the night before the incident.
June 26 Michalak returned to the area, located his campsite,
recovered his personal possessions and obtained soil samples which
when tested for radioactivity proved positive.
July 28 the RCMP visited the site and found radium 226 (a naturally
occurring isotope with many commercial applications) in a rock fault
near the middle of the purported landing spot.
Stephen Michalak passed away in 1999 at the age of 83.
far as the Canadian Department of National Defence is concerned the
Falcon Lake (Stephen/Stefan Michalak) UFO incident remains unresolved.
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