posted on Jul, 31 2010 @ 06:07 AM
One rather improbable scenario is a submarine impact.
Please understand that there are many submersibles that are employed for special operations and long range patrols in deep submergence, sometimes into
another nation's territorial waters what's prohibited by international law.
The point is, there are many cases of submarines hitting each other, most of these date from the days of Cold War, but bear in mind that nowadays such
impacts occur as well, sometimes with civilian vessels and sometimes with the military ones.
Such errors happen because of a plethora of reasons, especially in difficult conditions.
This is not to say that it might not have been a UFO, just remember that we've got a lot of our own submersibles strolling through the oceans, not
necessarily on an official trip.
The descrioption of the event points with a high probability to a completely random, accidental clash between the tanker and an unknown device. The
size and nature of the dent points to the fact that it was rather not a submarine - except if it was completely surfaced and then it might've hit the
tanker. But what about radar signature? Subs take quite some time and quite some space to surface, except emergency procedures. Such a vessel would
be probably seen by an officer on the watch and detected by onboard radar.
But if it was something different, it would explain all: Suddenly the object submerges/materializes/flies in, hits the tanker like it came from
nowhere, and then disappears.
Also note that the dent suggests spherical shape of the object, probably 2/3 the height of the tanker's board.
Lok at the Plimsoll Line left to the area of impact, even if the tanker was loaded the object was RATHER NOT underwater but on the surface. Given its
estimated size it could be half-submerged allright. But It was NOT sumberged entirely.
[edit on 31-7-2010 by Jelonek]