Paranormal investigator Paul Sinclair tells their story in a new book he is penning about the Wilsthorpe incident, which has been branded Britain’s new Roswell due to the mysterious military activity seemingly connected to UFO sightings.
The two men were working for the owner of a bait shop at nearby Bridlington Harbour when it happened, according to Mr Sinclair.
He said: “They were at Wilsthorpe digging in the mass tides. It was an area where the bait shop owner told me they had reported seeing triangles going into the sea.
“On this day they were surrounded by soldiers with guns who asked them where they were going and what they were doing.
“They were interrogated, and the lads were a bit off with them, but the soldier said ‘if you are not off the beach by the time we turn around you will be going nowhere, because we will arrest you’.
“The bait diggers said they hung around looking from the cliffs and the military men had what looked like metal detectors and were going up and down beach.”
The bait diggers claimed they were ordered away by armed military men.
The couple’s bizarre claims concern the night of September 14 2009 at 11pm.
They lived in one of 30 flats that overlook the sea at Wilsthorpe.
The pair decided to go to bed, however, as the woman went to turn off the lights, she saw a glow outside.
Mr Sinclair said “something told her to go outside” before she opened the front door and looked out to sea where she was amazed to see several glowing UFOs above the coast.
Mr Sinclair said she described them as 15-feet long and eight-feet wide “spaceships over the sea”.
They left after about half an hour she claimed.
Next day they said two Chinook helicopters full of RAF personnel landed at the beach by the remote hamlet.
They were interrogated, and the lads were a bit off with them, but the soldier said ‘if you are not off the beach by the time we turn around you will be going nowhere, because we will arrest you’.
Mr Sinclair submitted a Freedom of Information request to the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to find out why the operation took place on September 15.
However, the response he eventually received, said it was just a “routine military exercise” and few other details were provided.
The reply said “no live ammunition was used” and “any explosions heard were controlled detonations of simulated ammunitions.”
The response added that it was “one of a number of regular exercises” as part of work to defend the UK, and new locations would often be used with landowners’ consent.
Mr Sinclair continues to investigate the case and is trying to obtain historic coastguard reports from the period.
High levels of military aircraft flying low and circling near his home in Bridlington, East Yorkshire, were also recorded that September.
Mr Sinclair said the case did not yet prove a UFO presence, but: “I think the military arrived because of the objects.”
In a post on his Truth Proof Facebook page about the case, he wrote: “Nothing found can prove with any certainty the UFOs were over the sea as an elderly couple claim, or that the black triangles entered the sea in September 2009 like the bait diggers described.
“All I can do is stack the evidence for and against, either side of the scale.”
Some of the sightings have been detailed in Mr Sinclair’s first book – Truth-Proof: The Truth That Leaves No Proof, which is available on Amazon.