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4:03 a.m., March 17th, 1981. Saint Helens, Oregon. Sergeant Russell Yokum of the Oregon Police Department was driving down Highway 30, situated west of the Columbia River, when a bright light caught his attention. The light was hovering high above the icy waters and traveling upriver towards the Portland Airport, roughly 20 miles away.
Other law enforcement officers, Ricky Cade and Tom McCartney of the
Oregon State Police, and a few citizens, met Yokum at the county
courthouse. By this time, Yokum was in radio contact with Donald Askins,
who bore the CB handle "Lucky 13." Askins, who was located in a house
across the river in Washington state in Ridgefield, southeast of Saint
Helens, had picked up the police radio traffic. He said that he, too,
had seen the light, and was seeing it now. The light was stationary over
the river turning the whole area into daylight.
"I think it's moving out, you guys?"
"Well, we're watching. We've moved to a higher vantage point. So you
tell us what it does."
Sound of the UFO begins on tape now!
"It sounds like it's revving up its engines."
"Can you hear it?"
"I hope. Because it sure is cold out here."
"I hope you're taping this, you guys."
"Yes, we are."