Search for Jordan Cobb ended by nightfall again - but will resume tomorrow
THE police search for missing teenager Jordan Cobb has stood down at the end of today – four days after he jumped off a Torpoint ferry and vanished - and will resume tomorrow.
Last night friends and family staged a candlelit vigil at Hamoaze House in Devonport to pray for the 16-year-old, who has not been seen since plunging into the River Tamar on New Year's Eve.
Police joined coastguards today to continue the hunt, but a search of the river bed around the ferry was postponed due to weather conditions.
Police have urged members of the public wanting to take part in the search tomorrow to keep away from the shoreline. A spokesman said: "People have been onto the beach and out in boats. Although we understand their willingness to help, it is not a safe environment and could hamper the coordinated search that is taking place."
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Despite the warnings from police, dozens of volunteers met at the Torpoint ferry crossing, before splitting up to search coastal areas including Devonport, Millbrook, Plymouth Hoe and Mount Batten.
Chey Bryce, a friend of Jordan's family, was among a group of people searching along the shore in Mount Edgcumbe.
"It's not until you get here that you realise how big the area really is," he said. "We just want to find him. There are so many people out looking, there is every possibility that he will be found. But it is not easy. I am friends with his cousin. I asked him if there was anything I could do and he wanted to be out looking. I just want to be there for him."
Sandra Matejka, another family friend, said: "It's about compassion for our friend. We have children the same age as Jordan.
"There is a sense of desperation. But while there is any hope we want to do something."
Bridget Wiffill added: "If it was my children I would be here doing the same, and I know Jordan's mum would do the same for us. She is a lovely mum and they are lovely children."
Jordan's school pals spent the afternoon making posters and putting pictures of the missing boy into a scrapbook.
His girlfriend, Savanah Rich, wrote online: "Small gestures make the biggest impacts. Being able to have pictures of him means memories to remember and cherish. We're still searching for you Jord."
Shaun Hellings, who was among the search party in Mount Edgcumbe, said: "I am a parent myself, my daughter knows Jordan from school.
"It's really hard to explain, I can't imagine myself in that situation.
"It's amazing how many people have come together to search.
"It's all about Jordan. It's not about who can do this or who can do that, it's about this young lad and it's only right that people come together and try to find him."
SPECIALIST SUPPORT FOR FRIENDS OF JORDAN COBB
SPECIALIST support has been offered to young people who may have been deeply affected by the disappearance of Jordan Cobb.
As the multi-agency search continued yesterday, staff at substance abuse charity Hamoaze House put their own facilities forward to assist youngsters, and their parents, who have been left traumatised by events.
Mark Bignell, chief executive of Hamoaze House said the charity had "experts in supporting young people" and they were happy to offer their services.
He said: "There are children from Stoke Damerel Community College and other schools who are affected and as we are still in the school holidays, we have made our services available.
"We were open from 9am to 7pm yesterday and will be open again today and Saturday to offer support to those affected.
"All of our thoughts are with Jordan's family."
Additional help has come from Plymouth City Council who are ensuring youngsters and adults alike have access to advice.
Judith Harwood, assistant director for education, learning and family support at Plymouth City Council, said: "We are working with schools and families to ensure that any individual or group requiring support can access advice and guidance."