Rig worker mystified by UFO-like object he snapped from Sullom Voe oil terminal in Shetland

OILMAN Steven Slane says he was ‘freaked out’ by strange parachute-shaped object which appeared in seconds as he took picture of sunset.

AN OIL worker snapped an incredible picture of what looks for all the world like a UFO in the skies over the Sullom Voe oil terminal in Shetland.

It was taken by joiner Steven Slane, 41, who works for oil and gas company Petrofac at the terminal.

Steven took the pictures on the afternoon of January 27 and couldn’t believe his eyes when he looked at them later that night.

He said: “I’d taken the pictures earlier it the day because I saw some nice scenery as I was coming along the road from Southern Voe towards Southerness and the sun was setting.

“It looked very nice so, even although it was very cold, I just stopped and took a couple of photographs in quick succession.

“It was only late on in the evening when I was having a wee look at the photos that I noticed something different in the second picture.
Stephen Slane with his picture of lens flare from a sunset on Shetland
“I was a bit surprise and shocked when I noticed the strange shape.

“It looked like there was something flying up with a propeller at the bottom, in the shape of an inverted Eiffel Tower or a parachute. It must have appeared in seconds, or even less.”

Steven, who has just returned to Glasgow from three weeks at work, showed the picture to his pals who all agreed it looked a bit strange so he decided to contact the Record.

He added: “I didn’t know what the heck it was and although I don’t believe in aliens or UFOs, I was a bit freaked by it and thought there was something strange.

“I hadn’t noticed anything unusual when I first took the picture because it happened so quickly.

“It would be good to find out more about it, if anyone has any ideas.”

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