In the fall of 1973, two men fishing in Jackson County, Mississippi, were startled the appearance of a strange craft on the riverbank. Three humanoid creatures emerged from the craft, taking at least one of the men aboard. Some 20 minutes later, the creatures deposited both men back on the shore where they were taken, and together with their craft, disappeared into thin air. In the following weeks, the men underwent a series of investigations from police and UFO investigators, all of which served to confirm their story. The subsequent media coverage propelled the UFO issue onto the front pages, and popularized the previously unexplored phenomenon of alien abduction.