Charles Hickson and Calvin Parker said they were fishing near the Pascagoula River in Jackson County that October when a bright flying object came toward them.
They said three beings brought them onboard their spaceship, examined them and returned them to Earth 30 minutes later, according to The Clarion-Ledger.
The men reported the alleged incident to the sheriff’s department at the time and were checked out at a hospital.
The story has become well-known globally and Parker wrote a book about the incident last year called “Pascagoula - The Closest Encounter: My Story.” Hickson died in 2011 at the age of 80.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.