According to publicly logged ADS-B flight data, a HKSAR Government Flying Service helicopter either landed in the middle of the sea or HKSAR govt personnel flew out to the Chinese Coast Guard cutter and landed on it after their Bombardier spotter plane landed after their capture.
They could have just turned the tracker off, not nope. It's all there.

A GFS Bombardier took off at 4:30am, flew straight to Nine Pins Island group, orbited for hours, then circled something that matches all accounts of #save12hkyouth escape attempt.

As soon as it landed, a GFS Airbus H175 flew to where Bombardier departed.
I'm a little shocked how little attention the fact that the ADS-B data shows that helicopter *landing* exactly where the geo-infographics say the Chinese Coast Guard boat it. The helo's reported speed and alt are ZERO something like two hours AFTER interdiction (8am / 10am).
What the hell was a HKSAR GFS helo doing in the middle of what would otherwise be open sea at zero altitude and speed? Your guess is as good as mine, but last I checked the Airbus H175 doesn't float. It was on a helicopter deck. On a ship. Where #save12hkyouths were at same time.
I'll leave it at this: archival AIS (ship/boat) transponder data is harder [$] to retrieve than ADB-S flight records. I have a v strong hunch that aircraft movements are only half the story because I can't think of why they didn't turn around. Did Marine Police leave AIS on too?
They're being circled for hours by a safety orange Bombardier flying <1k ft. Their doomed voyage lasts less than an hour before being intercepted by a Chinese Coast Guard ship large enough for a flight deck.

Why didn't they turn around? Or did they try?
it's the endless, pointless govt lying that I'm too worn out from to be as pissed off about this as I should be. They wouldn't be caught 'red handed' if various HKSAR govt @relevantorgans didn't 100% deny any involvement in this thing.

Just admit it and take the punches.
HKSAR govt simultaneously adopting the whole 'Twitter Wolf Warrier Diplomacy' DGAF vibe about nearly all top officials being sanctioned by US govt for HR abuses, but they've still got that pompous 'how dare you accuse us of doing what was clearly filmed or otherwise documented?!"

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