One of many pirates chargeable for the loss of life of crusing legend Sir Peter Blake has been captured by army police after 16 years on the run.
Jose Irandir Cardoso was a part of an armed band generally known as The Water Rats that stormed Blake’s boat because it lay anchored within the Amazon delta in 2001, killing him with a gunshot wound.
Cardoso was convicted of armed theft resulting in loss of life, and jailed for 32 years. Nevertheless, he gave authorities the slip shortly after beginning his sentence.
Now Brazil’s army police say they’ve captured him on the island of Marajo throughout a routine inspection.
The pirate was carrying his brother’s ID card however was rumbled when cops took him to the station to present fingerprints.
Sir Peter Blake was a a nationwide hero in New Zealand, having led his nation to 2 consecutive America’s Cups. He additionally set a world file for the quickest crusing journey around the world.
At his funeral in 2001, prime minister Helen Clark mentioned: “Our small nation went into shock. Peter Blake was a dwelling legend. As an excellent sailor, he had introduced nice honour and fame to New Zealand. His loss of life was unthinkable .”
Blake was on an environmental expedition in South America when a band of six to eight pirates ambushed his boat, Seamaster, on 5 December 2001.
Blake hid within the cabin whereas the group held his crew at gun level. The skipper then leapt out carrying a rifle, capturing one of many assailants earlier than the gun jammed.
He was shot within the again by Ricardo Colares Tavares, who was sentenced to 37 years in jail for homicide. His accomplices, together with Cardoso, obtained lesser convictions and sentences.
The gang had solely made away with Seamaster’s onboard motor and among the crew’s watches.
Blake was survived by his spouse Pippa and their two chlidren. His gravestone is engraved with phrases from John Masefield’s poem, Sea-Fever: “I need to right down to the ocean once more, to the lonely sea and sky, and all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by….”.
It’s not clear how Cardoso escaped from justice in 2016, though native experiences counsel he might have been given permission to remain at dwelling below home arrest earlier than he disappeared.
The Daily Mail experiences that Cardoso is now being held at a jail in Breves on the island of Marajo, a river island close to the mouth of the Amazon. Photos issued by army police present them parading the fugitive pirate by way of a city.