Search called off after boy, 16, jumps from Plymouth ferry
AN extensive search launched at the River Tamar today after a 16-year-old boy jumped from the Torpoint ferry last night has been called off.
Brixham Castguard said the area had been saturated with search effort but they had been unable to find the boy.
Police, including divers, their Ministry of Defence police colleagues, coastguards, lifeboat crews, and the Dartmoor Rescue Group were all involved in the search for missing Jordan Cobb, from Plymouth.
The teenager leaped from the ferry as it approached the Cornish side of the river at about 9.15pm last night.
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A Brixham Coastguard spokesman said it was thought Jordan had been involved in New Year’s Eve “high jinks” with friends, and had jumped because of this.
Friends have taken to Facebook and Twitter.
Fletcher Medlen posted on Facebook: "Jordan you mean the world to me your my best friend and you always will be."
Matt Lethbridge said on Twitter: "Thoughts are with Jordan Cobb. Praying for you my man."
Lauren Prend tweeted: "Praying for Jordan Cobb to be safe, can't believe what's happened to him."
Katey Northcott said on Twitter: "Thoughts go out to Jordan Cobb and his family hope he's alright. xx"
Jordan had been out celebrating new year and was with a group of youngsters on the ferry.
He jumped overboard as the vessel was about 50 metres to 60 metres from shore. But friends did not see him 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 last night.
Emergency services immediately began a search which carried on until past 2am, and restarted again early this morning. It involved RNLI, coastguard and police boats, and the police helicopter, using thermal imaging equipment, which was circling again this morning.
Teams also combed the shore on both sides of the river, including at Devonport dockyard, 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.
Meanwhile, police liaison officers were with the boy’s family, keeping them informed of developments in the search.
It is thought Jordan is a Year 11 student at Stoke Damerel Community College.
Police were also checking Jordan’s mobile phone signal and said they named the boy because there is the possibility he swam safely to shore and is unaware of the search.
“The search continued at the river and on the banks and other locations,” said Inspector Simon Pawsey. “There are a lot of people involved. “There were also investigations taking place as to what happened, and some statements are being taken. “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 was 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 about the search. “We are hoping he has swum to the bank a got out and maybe is recovering at someone’s house. “We will carry on with the search and hope we find him, or there is some intelligence or someone rings in. “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.
The search was called off at around 4pm.