The porter, aware of the young boy’s condition and fearing unsuspected side-effects, took him immediately to a local doctor, who gave him a check-up and prescribed sedatives.
The witness’s father reported the strange event to the Loreto Constabulary, which also received reports from other locals stating that their fans and electric coolers had stopped working between 11:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m., while transistor radios presented significant disturbances in their operation (static).
Finally, we can add that the witness of the incident described herein was about to enter middle school, being a lively boy with an interest in sports magazines. He had good physical and mental health, was extremely religious (Catholic) and served an altar boy at the Loreto Church.
The Second Incident
A case with similar characteristics took place nearly two weeks after the Loreto incident, this time in the locality of El Deán, some 50 kilometers from the city of Santiago del Estero, the provincial seat, located on the road to Termas de Rio Hondo.
On Thursday, 25 January at siesta time (between 2:00 and 4:00 pm), Marta Isabel Carbajal, 10, was playing with a 3-year-old boy in a pen somewhat distant from her parent’s house. 
Marta witnessed the slow descent of a metallic and rectangular craft, which landed in the shade of a large, leafy tree, suspended only a few centimeters over the ground. “It was supported by a sort of canopy, and two little men came out from it. They were a meter tall, but in proportion,” she said.
Five more beings descended seconds later, smaller than the first ones. One of the humanoids, who appeared to lead the strange and incredible look, asked her to come closer in perfect Spanish, but she refused. The strange entity then activated a sort of flashlight fastened to its body, projecting a red beam that struck the witness directly in the eyes, blinding her and causing her to pass out. Following this moment, the witness only recalls that it saw how the two taller beings of the group entered the object, while the remaining ones were hoisted by a metallic arm, being introduced into the UFO seconds later. The object was still hovering only centimeters off the ground.
Moments later, the object rose into the air and lost itself in the distance, making no sound whatsoever.
The beings observed by Marta Isabel Carbajal were, in broad terms, very similar to the ones seen in Loreto: shiny black clothing, armbands covered brilliant orbs, black boots and elongated caps that covered their heads and faces. They bore cylindrical bundles on their backs and appeared to move by floating in the air, only centimeters over the ground.
As the UFO departed, the girl ran to her grandparents’ house and nervously told them what had transpired. Her eyes were red and tearful, burning unbearably, so much so that she had to wash them with cold water.
According to her relatives, the witness had never heard any discussions about “flying saucers”. It should also be noted that she is illiterate, thus discarding the possibility that her alleged sighting could have been influenced in some way by the Loreto incident.
The similarities observed in these Santiago del Estero cases are astonishing and in a certain way, strange and disquieting. Even the conditions in which they have occurred are strange, knowing the trend for CE-1 events (landings or semi-landings) to take place at night, especially when the incident includes the sighting of alleged occupants.
Another astonishing fact is similarity between the witnesses (young children from poor social backgrounds, although no less worthy of being believed).
Finally, a loss of consciousness is present in both cases, resulting from an alleged “aggression” (beam of intense red light) by the phenomenon. One may wonder what purpose was served by denying the witnesses an awareness of the events? An answer to such a question may well be found through hypnotic regression, allowing the witnesses to re-create the events they experienced after having been struck and stunned by the reddish beam.
Finally, the author would like to thank researcher Heriberto Janosch for the material requested about the Loreto incident and Dr. Juan Angel Gómez, who conducted the survey at the locality in question.
(Translation (c) 2013, S. Corrales, IHU with thanks to Francisco Checchi and Alejandro Agostinelli)

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