EXTRAORDINARY footage shows a UFO soaring over the sea during a thunderstorm – with a witness describing it as the "fastest thing I've ever seen".
Carmen Rich was filming a big storm off the coast of Fort Lauderdale Beach in Florida when he saw a "ball of light" shoot across the sky.
The 29-year-old's startling footage showed the UFO fly past within a split second before stunned Carmen said: "Wow, did you see that just shoot across?"
He can then be heard asking if anyone else saw it before stopping the video to review the footage – as he "wondered if he was crazy".
After realising he had managed to capture the mystery object on camera, the financial analyst showed his step-sister Jennifer Rich, 20, who "blinked and missed it".
Carmen, from Boston, insisted the object couldn't be a drone as it was travelling a "couple of thousand miles per hour".
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He admitted he was scared by the unexplained sight – and bizarrely claimed it could have been an alien craft that the US government won't show the public.
He said: "It was the fastest thing I've seen in my entire life and if it was going that fast I figured it would be making some type of noise but it didn't.
"The thing in the back was a plane and that's where you can get a gauge for how fast this thing was. Jennifer turned around, blinked and then missed it.
"I saw it past the phone with my own eyes. I shouted immediately and ended the video because I wanted to see if I actually did get it. I wondered if I was crazy.
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"It was much bigger with my own eyes. The camera shows a light ball but in person it looked much bigger."
Carmen does not believe "we're alone in the universe" – and thinks the object "was something the public won't know about for a very long time, if at all".
"I showed some local guys and they said they'd never seen anything like it before in their life," he said.
He posted his clip to Facebook – where viewers have been left divided over whether it was extraterrestrial event or not.
Carmen rejected claims it was just lightning by explaining there was no cracking sound.
One Facebook user commented: "Wow, That was incredible!"
A second surmised: "They [aliens] love thunderstorms.
"This is how they charge their flying ships.
"I have also seen, photographed and filmed it several times myself."
A third said: "Wow, I had to take a double look when you mentioned it, that's crazy! Good catch!"
But one said: "[It's a drone] being flown from the boat."
Carmen said: "I'm not sure what type of drones go thousands of miles per hour."
Another said: "Could have been ball lightning, considering all the regular lightning going on in the background."
Carmen replied: "I looked up some ball lightning videos and I just don’t see the two lining up.
"This seemed far larger than what ball lightning has been observed as well. It had to be the size of a sprinter van if I had to guess but at that speed who the heck knows!"
And a third suggested: "It may be a reflection of the car passing by, it happens exactly as the car passed by, or you never know what that could be.
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"Maybe it is a UFO."
Carmen replied: "I saw it with my eyes first then checked the video."
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