Mystery - "It was a round structure, silent and suspended in the air," recalls the young man, who now finds it hard to sleep
It was August 7 at 1:30 a.m. - Nico, as he is called by everyone, was returning from downtown Santa Lucia along Rodo Street on his bicycle. When Nicolas Diaz reached the railroad tracks and was about to cross them, he saw some strange lights in the field and thought they belonged to a patrol car. "I thought they were running someone down," he said.
However, when he came within 100 meters of the apparition, he found an object he had never seen before. A round structure, with lights, suspended a meter over the ground and completely silent.
Nicolas had a fright, but phoned his parents to share the experience -- and above all, so he wouldn't be dismissed as insane the next day.
From the roof of his house, the parents were able to see the UFO for some twenty minutes. "First it was still and then it started moving into the fields like this," explained the boy, making sliding gestures.
Some time later, he was the only one who was willing to tell his story to the press. He says the fear is still with him and that he has visions of the craft whenever he falls asleep. "If I see a shooting star, I already think its a UFO."
He is much more calm now, because he learned that others had already had UFO experiences in that field. "There are fishermen who work the river and have seen them."
In any event, he laments not having been able to take a picture of it with his cellphone or having phoned the local cable company. That will be the next time he steps into Santa Lucia's unknown dimension.
(translation (c) 2006, Scott Corrales, special thanks to Christian Quintero)