LIVE: Friends and police continue search for missing Jordan Cobb after jump from Plymouth's Torpoint Ferry
FRIENDS of missing teen Jordan Cobb began their own searches for him this morning as police and coastguard continue their hunt for the student.
Social network sites were used by close friends to gather together a large group of youngsters to carry out a desperate search for the Stoke Damerel community College pupil.
They met at the Plymouth side of the Tamar Bridge before cross over the river to Saltash.
Friend Danni Hopkins told The Herald she and three other close friends felt they had to do something after hearing the news that 16-year-old Jordan had not been seen since he jumped off the Torpoint Ferry on New Year’s Eve.
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She said: “We’ve stuck together since we’ve heard about it, telling each other to stay strong. He was always there for us and now we need to be there for him.”
She said Jordan’s classmates, friends and others, including parents of his friends, will split into groups to search along the shoreline today.
Summing up the thoughts of many, she said simply: “We need to help find Jordan. We need to put everyone’s minds at rest.”
About 20 of Jordan's friends gathered on the Plymouth side of the Tamar Bridge at about 11am.
Police officers were also in attendance, advising people not to carry out their own searches and to return home.
But Jordan's friends remained defiant that they would not give up.
Jordan's girlfriend, Savanah Rich, 16, said: "I was on the ferry behind his one. It stopped for emergency reasons but we were unaware why. Then I got a phone call from my friend telling me what had happened. I didn't know what to think. I was upset and worried.
"We are just looking to see if we can find him or any evidence. We want to put our minds at rest. We have to do something.
"We are so grateful to everyone for coming out."
Friend Liam Manley, 16, said: "We are still trying to look for him. It's better than doing nothing. You always have to stay hopeful.you can't jump to conclusions."
Friend Connor Crocker, 17, said: "We are all just shocked really. It is not often this kind of thing happens to a young lad. For many of us it brings back memories of when Rob Akin died.
"Jordan is a giving lad, he would always give anything for anyone. He was caring, he was friendly and he was strong."
Prayers were last night being said for the missing teenager as the Coaastguard called off a search 24 hours after he was seen jumping into the River Tamar.
Police support officers will also search parts of the shoreline and are considering bringing in a helicopter from Dorset to assist.
At Stoke Damerel Community College, where the 16-year-old is a popular Year 11 student, staff and governors said their thoughts were with his distraught family.
And social media sites were busy with messages of hope from classmates and other Plymouth teenagers.
A huge air, land and water search was begun on New Year's Eve after Jordan was seen jumping from the Torpoint ferry into the River Tamar.
But it was abandoned yesterday without any trace of the boy being found.
And last night college principal Carol Hannaford said: "Out thoughts and prayers are there for Jordan's family at this difficult time.
"Jordan is a popular member of Year 11 and has been a source of strength for his younger brother who also attends the school."
Rev Gordon Cryer, a governor at the school and former rector of Stoke Damerel Parish Church, said: "We are very prayerful for the family. It is very sad, particularly at this time of year and when someone so young has been lost.
"People at the school are praying for him and his family."
Among social media messages, Matt Lethbridge tweeted: "Happy new year people, but thoughts are with Jordan Cobb. Praying for you my man."
Jordan's parents were last night said to be too distressed to speak to the media as it was decided to call off the search, which is not expected to resume.
Dozens of people, plus boats and a police helicopter, had spent all day scouring the river and its banks, but without success.
A Brixham coastguard spokesman said: "The search has been called off. The area has been saturated with search effort."
He said teams had been searching on New Year's Eve night, and all day yesterday and added: "There's only a certain amount they can do. Units have been searching in the water, on land and from the air, over and over, and, unfortunately, nothing has been found."
The extensive operation was started after Jordan, from Plymouth, jumped from the Torpoint ferry at about 9.15pm on New Year's Eve.
Police, including divers, their Ministry of Defence police colleagues, coastguards, lifeboat crews, and the Dartmoor Rescue Group were all then involved in the search for him.
A Brixham Coastguard spokesman said it was thought Jordan had been involved in New Year's Eve "high jinks" with friends on the ferry, as they celebrated.
Jordan was then seen to leap from the ferry as it approached the Cornish side of the river, when it was about 50 to 60 metres from the shore, he said.
But friends did not see the teen emerge from the water and immediately raised the alarm.
The river is bitterly cold at this time of year and there would have been a fast current of about four knots, about 4.5mph, on the Torpoint side, heading towards sea, as the tide was going out, police and coastguards said.
Emergency services immediately began a search which carried on until past 2am yesterday, and restarted at dawn.
It involved the Tamar and Plymouth coastguard teams, and Dartmoor Rescue Group.
The Plymouth lifeboat, its smaller inflatable Y-class "daughter" boat, another rigid inflatable, and the inshore lifeboat, were all involved in the search too.
Also two police launches and a police rigid inflatable boat were deployed.
The police force helicopter, using thermal imaging equipment, made two extensive sweeps of the area.
Ministry of Defence police searched the foreshore and basins at Devonport dockyard.
Teams also combed Millbay, St John's Lake at Torpoint, and further north of the ferry slipway.
Divers were also checking under the ferry, which was anchored near the Torpoint slipway and not in service.
"The area has been covered extensively," a coastguard spokesman said last night. "And there were good conditions today, not like last night (New Year's Eve) when the wind was terrible."
Meanwhile, police liaison officers spent yesterday with the boy's family, keeping them informed of developments.
Police were also checking Jordan's mobile phone signal and said there was the possibility he swam safely to shore and is unaware of the search.
Inspector Simon Pawsey said police were also trying to piece together the moments leading up to Jordan jumping into the water.
"There are investigations taking place as to what happened, and statements are being taken," he said.
"We know he jumped overboard. There was a group who had been out enjoying the new year.
"They realised there was a problem and he did not surface.
"But the main thing is to try and find him."
He added: "We have done some work around his mobile phone, to see if it's active, which it is not at the moment.
"We have a liaison officer keeping the family informed.
"We are hoping he has swum to the bank and got out and maybe is recovering at someone's house.
"But the longer it goes on the more worried we get."
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the police on 101.
Friends have taken to social networking sites since Jordan went missing.
Danielle Preston posted on Facebook: "Hope ur safe Jordan realli feel for ur family thoughts are with ur bro lee and every1 else xx"
'caitlin Smith said: "Come on jordan we can find you, we will all be there with friends and family att 11 am to find you come one mate x"
Shann Moore said: "heart goes out to the family! hope he gets home safe an sound! eyes are pealed!"
River Barrett posted: "jordan your such a strong, successful , open minded boy and you have a place in everyone of our hearts now hurry up and come back come home to your family and friends we need you jordan and we wont give up without a fight ♥"