On This Day: 47 years pass since Pascagoula Alien Abduction

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PASCAGOULA, Miss. (WLOX) - On this day nearly 50 years ago, two Jackson County men went on a fishing trip that would forever change their lives.

On Oct. 11, 1973, Charles Hickson and Calvin Parker decided to go fishing on the Pascagoula River. Both men said they heard a piercing sound and saw a large UFO hovering above them.

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A piercing sound made Hickson and Parker stop what they were doing. That’s when Hickson says he spotted a large UFO hovering behind them.

“It was some type of craft, it was 30 or 40 feet. There were three things they weren’t human beings. I know now they were robots," Hickson told WLOX News in a 2000 interview.

Hickson said the aliens held them for about 30 minutes and examined them with strange, oblong instruments, later releasing them unharmed.

After the mysterious abduction, Hickson and Parker both passed lie detector tests and were even questioned under hypnosis. Investigators are on record saying the pair’s story never wavered.