Search continues for missing 16-year-old Jordan Cobb
The search for a missing teenager who jumped off a Torpoint ferry has continued today, after search teams temporarily stood down last night.
Jordan Cobb, aged 16, was seen jumping into the River Tamar from a ferry at about 9.15pm on New Year's Eve.
Since his disappearance coastguard rescue teams, a helicopter, police and Ministry of Defence launches, Dartmoor Rescue Group and Plymouth's all-weather and inshore lifeboats have been searching the river.
A police spokesperson today said: "The search for Jordan is continuing. The Coastguard stood down last night due to nightfall rather than calling off the search.
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"MoD Police carried out patrols throughout last night."
A police search advisor is at the scene and all agencies including police, Coastguard and MoD Police, met this morning to co-ordinate today’s search activities.
This morning close friends of Jordan have gathered at the Plymouth side of the Tamar Bridge in an attempt to find him.
Jordan, who is a Stoke Damerel community College pupil, jumped overboard as the ferry was about 50 to 60 metres from the Cornish side of the shore.
His friends say they did not see him emerge from the water and contacted emergency services.
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.
Friends of Jordan, from Plymouth, took to social networking sites to pray for his safe return.
Fletcher Medlen wrote on Facebook: "Jordan you mean the world to me your my best friend and you always will be I love you Jordan Cobb."
Matt Lethbridge tweeted: "Happy new year people but thoughts are with Jordan Cobb. Praying for you my man." He later added: "Going sleep hoping to wake up to good news about Jordan Cobb. Thoughts are with you mate."
Lauren Prend tweeted: "Praying for Jordan Cobb to be safe, can't believe what's happened to him. Wasn't that long ago when I spoke to him! Love you Jordan xxx"
Jeorgia Best tweeted: "Hope Jordan Cobb is okay :("
Katey Northcott added: "Thoughts go out to Jordan Cobb and his family hope he's alright. xx"
The Torpoint Ferry, which is pulled across the River Tamar on chains, is one of the main ways to travel between Devon and Cornwall and was established in 1791.