The Eerie Vanishing Of The Flannan Isles Lighthouse Keepers

2.7M views188

    What happened to the three lighthouse keepers of Flannan Isles?
    Watch ALL-NEW episodes of Unsolved: True Crime every Friday at 3pm here!:
    Want more spooky related videos? Watch Lindsay and three brave fashionistas wear haunted fashion to uncover whether the items are possessed 👻 New episodes every weekend in October!
    SFX Provided By AudioBlocks
    Licensed via Audio Network
    Welcome to the BuzzFeed Unsolved Network! This channel is your one-stop destination for all things mystery, conspiracy, supernatural, true crime, and everything in between. Subscribe here:
    Vintage poster for magic performance - Magician tricks show retro flyer designlukeruk/Getty Images
    Bearded fisherman on his ship.Tina Terras & Michael Walter/Getty ImagesPortrait of confident surfer standing at beachCavan Images/Getty ImagesFaces of Business - Confident Colour Image
    JohnnyGreig/Getty Imagesconcrete polished texture backgroundchingraph/Getty ImagesMid twenties British male stood on a beachJamie Garbutt/Getty ImagesSouth Africa, portrait of white haired man wearing turtleneck standing on beach dunes before sunriseWestend61/Getty Images
    Portrait of mature man on the beachOliver Rossi/Getty ImagesMan At Helm of Yacht During a Sydney Stormdavidf/Getty ImagesDiverse People SmilingJohnnyGreig/Getty ImagesWe're all special in our own wayYuri_Arcurs/Getty ImagesSustainability portraitRichard Drury/Getty Images
    London Antique Viewnicoolay/Getty ImagesChevy Impala Grillxydous/Getty Images
    Lighthouse on the Isle of Ornsay seen from Isle of Skye in Scotland. Exposed seaweed and mudflat at low tidehopsalka/Getty ImagesBusiness Forecastingguvendemir/Getty ImagesRed door in old stone lighthouse - squareJohn Fader/Getty ImagesMens Waterproof Winter JacketKypros/Getty ImagesEilean Musdile Lighthouse, in the West Coast of Scotland, seen from the sea with clouds in the skyEduardoRM/Getty ImagesBarbaria Lighthouse in formentera Islan in spain with a cloudy sky before an stormVictor Fernandez/Getty ImagesAntique photo: "Tantallon Castle" ship
    ilbusca/Getty ImagesSailship in the open sea on a sunny summer dayalekseystemmer/Getty Images
    Lighthouse on sand dunes in Cape Cod beachlucky-photographer/Getty ImagesRustic Wooden Door on Adobe Building Wallsanfel/Getty ImagesScotland blue loch reflecting green mountains
    Easyturn/Getty ImagesUnited Kingdom Country 3D Render Topographic MapFrankRamspott/Getty ImagesDramatic stormy dark cloudy sky over seaeugenesergeev/Getty ImagesFingerprint on white backgroundPeter Dazeley/Getty ImagesVintage light bulbschoness/Getty ImagesRustic Cabin InteriorTimAbramowitz/Getty ImagesSet of various paint splattersitchySan/Getty ImagesLighthouse in MenorcaSensorSpot
    flight over a water surface to green screenvitanovski/Getty Imagesman on the boat at sunset
    Ugreen/Getty Imagescrashing waves on pier docks, sea spray, hurricane gale force wind storm, bird coasting, Icelandhumanizr_AV/Getty ImagesKnocking on Wooden Doortavi_repede/Getty Images
    Rescue flight over the stormy ocean HD loopbaska8777/Getty ImagesCoastal lighthouse. Lindesnes Lighthouse is a coastal lighthouse at the southernmost tip of Norway.cookelma/Getty Images
    Waves breaking on the pier,stones.Vladislav Pavlenko/Getty ImagesGreen screen of moving white clouds with 4K resolution.Bubball/Getty Images
    SLOW MOTION: Carefree man dives off a rocky cliff and into the deep blue sea.
    helivideo/Getty ImagesWalking in transparent water of mountain river. Undewater view
    HotFlash/Getty ImagesSlow motion of a cold dark sea wave beating against an ancient concrete breakwater late in the eveningIVAN ZHURAULIOU/Getty ImagesHeavy seas spray mist as they crash into rocks on the shore.Discovery Access/Getty ImagesMountain trail in the mountains Old Man of Storr in ScotlandShaiith/Getty ImagesDepressed Sad Young Man Sitting on Rock By The Beach While Staring at OceanYuriFineart/Getty ImagesThe man running on a beautiful mountain and doing exercise. slow motionArtem Peretiatko/Getty ImagesLarge Crashing Waves Hit Taiwan Coastline During Tropical Storm BailuJames Reynolds - Footage/Getty ImagesFurious aggressive man beats with his fists the lying person outdoor at forestmagicmore/Getty ImagesClose Up of Two Male Hands Gently Touching and Holding Each Other. Cute Queer Relationship Concept. Gay Couple are Casually Dressed. Room is Bright and Sunny.gorodenkoff/Getty ImagesSignal Flare Held Up In SnowstormRockfordMedia/Getty ImagesDepressive man in dark room standing by the window
    stevanovicigor/Getty ImagesA hand in the water calling for help.otofx/Getty Images
    High wave breaking on the rocks of the coastline. Extremely Big Wave crushing coast , Large Ocean Beautiful Wave. Super Slow Motion.volkovslava/Getty ImagesMan jumping

    Published on 15 days ago


    1. BuzzFeed Unsolved Network

      Make sure to leave your questions for our Post Mortem episode down below!

      1. Gracie

        If the keeper didn't report anything weird during those two weeks, I wonder if the principal keeper paid him to not say anything and then murdered the other two. Since he had asked just before arriving at the lighthouse with the others whether they could do an experiment to see how long it would take someone to get there between the thing being reported and them actually investigating. Since it was denied, maybe he opted to just bribe the keeper to keep silent. Since he wanted to know how long it would take for someone to come investigating, maybe he was planning out how long he'd have from the time he'd stop turning on the light (leaving the island) until someone would start looking for him. The journal said he was quiet, so what if he was just nervous about his plans. He could have drugged the other two which made them hallucinate and see the storm. Perhaps he was conducting some sort of experiment, and then killed them and left somehow, maybe by having some sort of accomplice pick him up or something.

      2. Plant

        What would you do on a deserted island? What extra person would you bring?

      3. valsol

        shane which part of little women (the movie) did u start crying at this is important

      4. Grace Linnea

        Which rap song would you rather use against the water sprites, Ice Ice Baby by Vanilla Ice or Fancy by Iggy Azalea?

      5. Yazmine Yacub

        whenever i need to do scottish accents i just always say it how i think shrek would say it and i think you guys should try it too!!


      finally Shane and Ryan are back without them, all of the videos are gonna be lame

    3. Jim Hutcheson

      Ha ha ha ha ha, slap my thighs, really!! Like the sound of your own voice.

    4. Hannah Mcindoe

      As a Scottish person don’t try to do the accent. Just don’t

    5. Kimberly

      Shane & Ryan, Can you do a story on the mysterious disappearance of the Dutch college students Kris Kremers & Lisanne Froon who went missing in Panama in 2014?

    6. W Xuan

      How about pirates? Maybe they were forced to leave the light house dropping whatever they were doing and board the pirate's ship while the pirates stole their bouy

    7. Selia Mercado

      PLEASE do a video on the Gilgo Beach murders on Long Island, NY!!!!!!!

    8. Jake Fitzhugh

      tbh if moral was low they could've just left on ship for a better life somewhere else. they were like screw this!

    9. Alexander Reynard

      Curious if this might be one of those bad bread instances. Since people have been known to hallucinate ergot infections due to rye. It would be enough to make one hallucinate a storm or be foolish enough to go out without a coat. I dunno but curious if this could be the case.

    10. Jax-cat

      Shane: they’re gay and lived happily in Jamaica:) Ryan: they’re moths, they love light

    11. Safia

      Yep, it was totally a love triangle they all just fell for each other, casually disappeared off the face of the earth and it was romance to blame, there was an entire shoujo manga abt it I know, I was there, I was the missing guys coat. whelp just heard the birds theory, i- anything seems more plausible now

    12. Noriaki Kakyoin

      Always a Shane-iac

    13. IssMJ


    14. Kent Xie

      Has anyone checked to confirm that "No One Lives Under the Lighthouse?"

    15. nieooj gotoy

      Why is no one mentioning the fact that this man was payed 8 pounds a year to watch this lighthouse???

    16. Lori 9

      This is my opinion buuut sometimes I just want to hear the story and everything he’s reading and not them talking it kinda just makes me lose interest in the video is that for someone else too or no just me?? I did the marks so you can skip it if you wanted to

      1. Lori 9

        1:02 1:50 2:49 4:03 4:36 6:34 8:20 9:04 9:46 10:38 11:17 12:58 14:50 15:49 17:06 17:50 19:46 20:51 21:22 22:45 23:56

    17. Her Last Voyage

      Nobody suspects the game keeper? It's a bit strange that he didn't report the light being out until he was questioned.

      1. nieooj gotoy

        Is this what The Lighthouse, with Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson, was based on?

    18. naive


    19. Lo

      🎵🎶Bad buoys, bad buoys Whatcha gonna do? whatcha gonna do when they come for you?🎶🎶 😬I’ll see myself out...

    20. Mark Pemberton

      Ugh, the banter between these two is like nails on a chalkboard.

    21. Sharon Rafferty

      yep I'm offended lol

    22. Estelle Hood

      Nooooo ryannnnnn buoy is not pronounced booey it’s pronounced boy does LA not have life buoys

    23. goldenlikedaylight

      Im never going near there now, patch that. I'll stick to the mainland, thanks.Those accents are acc dreadful but good try 😂

    24. Hannah Elizabeth

      Do Bob Crane’s murder or Betsy Ruth Aardsma murder

    25. IssMJ


    26. roZA 2uZ

      Shane: we are outside now,, where do we go? Me: the hair dressers Shane ☺ go now 💜

    27. Diamond Kivi

      Omg I missed u both 😭😂

    28. Koala From Tomorrow

      Shane get annoyed at the alien theory cause he annoyed alien theory cause he an alien and Ryan was his science project that Made freind

    29. Koala From Tomorrow

      If think slobdrd the fourth guy filled Up that log when fourth guy fulss it out to assist them

    30. darlene Dominguez

      Hey Lance you are doing a good job i cant carve a pumpkin

    31. Kyla Johnson

      rEnEgAdE rEnEgAdE bOoOm HaH bOoM Hah

    32. Room 101

      Is this what The Lighthouse, with Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson, was based on?

    33. Bianca Alexandra Toma

      When will they post the next episode?

    34. Ksu

      when will they go ghost hunting again?

    35. Tushar Mulchandani

      Ryan straight up clapped Shane in the Sprite rap battle it was beautiful

    36. No Longer Active

      oh my god they were roommates

      1. Kyla Johnson

        aNd ThEy WeRe RoOmMaTeS

    37. Luj Caparas


    38. tincanman10

      I thought Ryan and Shane left Buzzfeed.

    39. Kayla Owens

      Magic grass for double sheep?

    40. SarahTaps

      This theory is able to be debuted easily, but still an idea. If there was a small, but strong hurricane, that could do some damage to the island, like the safety ring being removed. And the eye of the storm could be described and calm. Just an idea.

    41. look_out _in_the_hills

      Who watch this story from mr nightmare/ llama arts?

    42. claudia -

      say yer fond of me lobster !!!

    43. Vk Nguyen

      fun fact: one of the newspaper articles on the board of the van in Phasmophobia references this case!

    44. nieooj gotoy

      Ryan: talking about the creepy way the lighthouse was left, nothing missing other than the keepers Shane: “So Moore went ashore to knock on the door”

    45. L0U13 __

      This sounds like some eldritch tale of lovecraftian horror

    46. Poppy Morley


      1. nieooj gotoy

        It was a big wave

    47. Newguyontheblock 1

      Local legend wait a min... local legend? Within whom the sheep community?

    48. Angel Pacheco

      oh man how I missed u guys!!!!

    49. RydiBoi AgaggahHAhaha

      5:05 dude lowkey looks like steve jobs

    50. Papas Reyes

      You guys should cover the disappearance of Brian Shaffer.

    51. PJ KICKS

      When Robert Stack left I left.

    52. Paul Carpenter

      This is the movie with Gerald butler

    53. Gouri Khede

      Let me leave it here we are there they were trying to save a mermaid Who they was a woman drowning . It’s possible isn’t it!

    54. YayNayMayBay


    55. Freddie Bears

      Something about this video is really tripping me out. Don't know if its the visuals or sounds but man, this one seems really spooky.

    56. Feral Minette

      Y'all should do an episode on Belle Gunness, the Black Widow of LaPorte

    57. lisa simpson

      they probably somehow fell into the water and died which is sad but seems like the answer

    58. veer9

      that Scottish accent hurt my feelings, even though I am not Scottish.

    59. côt beauty

      wait... so what did the sheep and ghost on the island have anything to do with anything?

    60. kellybelly 50

      You 2 are why I love this channel. Been a fan from the beginning. Keep it up.

    61. Vasili Pantelidis

      It was a big wave

    62. Ethan Bain

      Dinna worry, I'll gee you enes the Scottish pass

    63. Danae Vasilopoulou

      love the new setup

    64. Huw Thomas

      Today I learned Americans say "buoy" like "boo-ie".

    65. ZenVerse

      Ryan doing Rorschach is the best XD

    66. Saffy R

      I’m sorry but who else is shook that Americans pronounce ‘buoy’ as ‘BOO-EY’ and not just ‘BOY’ ????

    67. mywinterlungs

      1900 but stock image used shows one dude wearing a hoodie lmao

    68. Anika Vuissa

      My bets are on polyamory.

    69. im19ice3

      i am very disappointed the dude who didnt do his job in the nearbt island wasnt considered as the murderer

    70. smacgregor717

      I love unsolved mysteries/disappearances/murders etc. I love this channel. not gonna lie I'm 40% here for the mystery and 60% here for the banter. I love it 🤣

    71. freya!

      you got me at polyamorous lighthouse keepers

    72. Caarline

      Shane: If this is offensive, I apologize. Ryan: If you're offended, you should be.

    73. shivani anil

      Have they covered the Long Island Serial Killer on buzzfeed unsolved?

    74. West Dib

      Do the bloody benders

    75. soiung toiue

      i believe shane’s theory. they were a throuple, left the island and lived happily ever after

    76. George Ng-Bryson

      Sorry how are you pronouncing buoy there?! Lol

    77. Oak Park Hills Chapel

      We MISSED YOU GUYS! The stories are always good, but the HUMOR! This time was fire!! Nice work!

      1. soiung toiue

        They probably drowned by the huge waves.

    78. Alex

      Disrespectful and full of terribly juvenile jokes spoil the point of the whole video. You two are absolute morons. Trust Buzzfeed to hire you sad acts, hopefully Buzzfeed goes under soon.

    79. David Chang

      wait I thought they left Buzzfeed to start Watcher.

    80. MaxLive

      As someone who is Scottish accents for perfect XD

    81. iblamekristy

      Ryan: “What if I told you, you were gonna disappear” Shane: “Sounds good” 😂

    82. Leo

      They drowned bruh

    83. KPT 206

      Clocks most likely were set at the same time and therefore all stopped around the same time. 2 of them went out while the other saw the wave and ran out to warn them, (leaving he’s jacket and knocking over a chair) all 3 got swept away by the damaged side of the island. Some things don’t make sense but it’s more likely than alien abduction

    84. Ian Jasper Sabordo

      The scariest part was Ryan's laugh at 17:00 😂

    85. Pathetic Kiddo

      Anyone else thinks ryan acts a bit weird? Ricky Goldsworth vibes but for the whole episode

    86. Cath Lily

      im Scottish and was absolutely creasing at their accents

    87. Elisa Zanotti

      Ok but the theories sort of didn't explain why the light was off for so long and then on again for a while, it's odd, almost like they lost control for a while and couldn't do their job and then managed to regain it until they disappeared. That's why I think it must have been something growing overtime that led to their disappearance, not something sudden.

    88. Adolph Cyril Adolfo

      Feels like the lighthouse movie

    89. Game Account

      How is it that doing bad impressions (or any impressions) of Scottish, Irish, American, Aussie, Russian etc accents is funny and no one has a problem with it but doing impressions of any Asian or African accent is racist? Is it literally just if the accent is a “white” accent it’s fair game? I’m not trolling just interested peoples’ thoughts.

      1. jinsus

        People with "white" accents aren't discriminated against or seriously judged. For example, if an African American person goes into get a job and they sound "black", they are less likely to get it because they don't sound as "intelligent" although, black accents don't exist, and using aave doesn't mean you aren't educated. People of color are forced to learn how to code-switch because white professionals feel "intimidated" by them. Simply put, white people can't experience racism. They can experience mockery, but that's no comparison to groups of people who have been treated as less than for centuries.

    90. kyla wiles

      Wait he sounds different on voice over than when they both chat does he talk about it with him and then record the voice over or use a microphone when they aren’t being shown and don’t when they are in so confused

      1. Arami

        The story is told in a studio on a voiceover, but to Shane, Ryan I’m guessing just reads the same script but to him. Then they edit it together.

    91. Doll Baby

      So, Shane and Ryan have definitely gone a little crazy in quarantine...

    92. Hickory Lemur

      They probably drowned by the huge waves.

    93. Laura Baker

      Rayn we are almost the same age ill be 29 in December

    94. Abmv 1207

      My mom and I love watching them.😎✨

    95. Joeysevenfold6

      8:10 Shane doesn't wanna hear it 😂😂

    96. kiwiuq

      “nobody cared who i was till i put on the mask” naruto reference???

    97. Aqqle Sauce

      110 foot high bababoey was knocked by the waves

    98. EmilysArchive

      Show: *Is called Buzzfeed Unsolved* Ryan: “This mystery remains unsolved.” Me: *Surprised pikachu face*

    99. TheRabbitFear

      Using a stock photo for a lighthouse keeper of a dude wearing a hoodie even though this happened in 1900...

    100. Jiggly Jungkook

      iF yE hAd tEh cHanCe tEh cHaNGe yEr faTE , wOOdJA?