A request by the Manila Bay boat capsize survivors for a detailed inquiry has been passed on to Philippine President Fidel Ramos. The Philippine Consulate, in a letter dated Saturday, has assured them their accounts of the accident will be investigated. The survivors had threatened to cause a diplomatic incident unless their statements were included in the inquiry. The letter from the consulate's acting head, Minda Cruz, said the request for an investigator to come to Hong Kong to interview the survivors was being considered by the inquiry board. The Action Group of the Manila Bay Tragedy sent a 48-hour ultimatum to the consulate at noon on Thursday, demanding investigators interview survivors and threatening to elevate their protest to the diplomatic level. Copies of their statements on the ferry capsize on August 15, in which seven people died, were also sent to the consulate. Ms Cruz said the group's letter and statements were sent to the office of Mr Ramos, who was on a four-nation state visit until September 20. 'Captain Joaquin Tan, chairman of the Special Board of Marine Inquiry, gave assurance the investigation of the case is ongoing and that no final statement on the case will be released until the views of the Hong Kong survivors are taken into account,' the letter said. Convenor of the group Daniel Fung Shik-chung said they were pleased with the reply.