Jordan Cobb ferry jump into River Tamar: Searches continue

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Friends of Jordan are planning their own land-based search

More searches have been carried out for a teenager who jumped from a ferry into a river on New Year's Eve.

Jordan Cobb, 16, from Plymouth, Devon, jumped from the Torpoint ferry into the River Tamar between Devon and Cornwall at 21:15 GMT on Monday.

He was not found during a river search on Tuesday. Police, the RNLI and MoD personnel looked for the teenager in the river and on land on Wednesday.

Brixham Coastguard said the search was stood down at about 15:30 GMT.

CCTV from the chain-link vehicle ferry, which crosses the river from Plymouth on the Devon/Cornwall border, showed Jordan jumping from the side of the boat.

Brixham Coastguard co-ordinated a search on Tuesday night, halting it when it got dark. MoD Police carried out patrols throughout the night.

River inlets

Det Insp Nick West, of Devon and Cornwall Police, said a river search had resumed on Wednesday with the support of the RNLI, as well as MoD ribs and launches.

He said: "We've been concentrating on an area around the Torpoint ferry, up round the Tamar Bridge, and the Millbrook area and the small inlets around there."

Officers also conducted a search of the shoreline and the water, the force added.

Friends of the teenager added that they hoped to carry out their own land-based search.

A prayer service was held for the teenager at his school on Tuesday.

Students and teachers at Stoke Damerel Community College, where Jordan is a year 11 student, organised the event and friends of the teenager have paid tribute to him on social media sites.

Chantice Dicken said "thoughts go out to Jordan Cobb, hope he's found soon" and Ben Wakefield tweeted "praying for Jordan Cobb. I only wish to hear good news as an outcome".

Principal Carol Hannaford said the thoughts of staff and students were "with Jordan's family at this extremely difficult time".

No sightings

She said: "We can't imagine what they must be going through.

"I would like to pay tribute to all those involved in the search for Jordan. Many people gave up their free time to help with the search and all involved worked tirelessly."

Police said Jordan was believed to have been with a group of friends when he jumped but there had been no sightings of him since he was captured on the ferry's CCTV going into the water.

The ferry was approaching Torpoint at the time of the jump but the search was extended to include the Plymouth side of the river.

Torpoint ferries are pulled across the River Tamar on chains and are an important travel link between Plymouth and Torpoint in Cornwall.

Three ferries provide a year-round 24-hour-a-day service with a 10-minute frequency during peak times, according to the Tamar Crossings website.

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