87 injured as ship crashes into cliff in Romblon

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 26) — The M/V Matilde of Montenegro Lines on Tuesday morning hit a cliff in the shoreline of Calatrava, Tablas Island, Romblon, injuring multiple passengers.

According to a police report, 87 out of the 251 on-board passengers were injured and brought to the nearest hospital for medical attention.

It revealed that the ship's crew, including captain Bernardino Castillo Canapit, encountered a "steering problem" which made the vessel uncontrollable, hitting the rock formation.

"Further investigation revealed, allegedly, that there was heavy rainfall causing zero visibility in the area as claimed by boat officials," added the police report.

M/V Matilde was travelling from the Port of Odiongan in Tablas Island to the Port of Romblon when the collision occured.

However, police officer Dyna Rafol of San Fernando, Romblon, disputed the claim, saying there was no heavy rainfall during the time and no signs of emergency or distress calls were apparent before the collision.

"The navigational system of the ship is in good shape during the collision as per information gathered from said boat officials," the police report said.

The boat officials have also been invited by the Philippine Coast Guard in Romblon to further clarify the details on the mishap.