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Search called off after boy, 16, jumps from Plymouth ferry

By NeilShaw  |  Posted: January 01, 2013

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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.

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  • Smith83  |  January 18 2013, 4:39AM

    Oh for God's sake Trash mouth(bag) please put a zip in it as you say the most ridiculous things. Why should there be security on the ferry as this doesn't happen everyday? And what exactly has security on the bridge got to do with anything? Don't blame the way children are brought up on the Council u doughnut. So you think it is for the schools to discipline your kids during term time and throughout the holidays it should be up to the Council?! When exactly does your responsibility kick in ? It's up to you as the parent to instill discipline but then again you probably don't understand the word! Maybe you should have a word with Sir Francis who found the world! Maybe he is still the leader of Plymouth! If you think it's normal for a group of 16 year olds to be gallavanting around the streets drunk and kicking things around because they have nothing better to do then you are as idiotic as you sound. Does it make you feel better that you have been a part of this tragedy? To start with you didn't know Jordan but all of a sudden your son is his mate?! You appear to have some kind of Munchausen's syndrome. Dannylewis91, J Monners, Mummyof290, Nrthcountryboy and Sharon40 you appear to be the only sensible people making comments.

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  • heyheyhey  |  January 03 2013, 2:29AM

    Clicked on this story to hope that comments were hopes / commiserations for this boys family. No........ Usual venal petty mob minded nonsense displaying absolutely reprehensible manners and no empathy for other human beings. Wouldn't it be nice-if a tragedy befell your family-to feel that your neighbours (as that is what we are supposed to be) would have a kind word for you. This boys family are in my thoughts today.

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  • jabbathebutt  |  January 02 2013, 9:03PM

    @vinnie _gar ... as I said . I feel sorry for all concerened . But when you call for censorship .... dont think your acting on my behalf . Self appointed trolls demanding what I should be able to read and judge myself have no place in my world . Make whatever comments you want ... but dont demand censorship . There is more than enough of that in this land of so called democratic free speech as it is .

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  • trumanmark  |  January 02 2013, 9:22AM

    Very sad, thought are with his family.

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  • Vinnie_Gar  |  January 02 2013, 6:16AM

    jabba I'm all for people having their say but I was commenting on some of the posters on here that were broadcasting some ill disguised (and some not disguised at all) relish that someone got what they deserved. None of the people actually know what happened. And, surely it's not for you to tell me not to tell people what I think.

  • Nikki0601  |  January 02 2013, 3:01AM

    for god sake please respect his family will read this!! I am a 42 year old career woman. ex travel agency manager, ex air traffic controller in raf and police officer of 17 years. I am a mum of a 12 and 5 year old ( yes same dad!!). All above comments negative or not... we have all done foolish things. I have done many...and upon reflection shudder!!! its not a free for all to judge. his friends will have to deal with this for many years. His family so many unanswered questions. so if you think you are mother of the year, or in a position to opinionate...please dont. respect that things happen, why we dont know ? my thoughts and feeling with friends and family. x

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  • blonde_ray  |  January 01 2013, 11:05PM

    wicke118118 I think this would of been done

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  • wicke118118  |  January 01 2013, 10:59PM

    Check the moored up boats, most boats have a ladder on the back you can climb up, its what i would swim for if i was in trouble!!

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  • wicke118118  |  January 01 2013, 10:58PM

    Check the moored up boats, most boats have a ladder on the back you can climb up, its what i would swim for if i was in trouble!!

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  • blonde_ray  |  January 01 2013, 10:56PM

    It seems my last post was removed no surprise there then, I am a Father of 2 a Son of 15 and Daughter of 13 I spoke with them today and asked them do they know what a current is in the River/Sea they both said it is something that can drag you away. With that answer I can confidently say both our children will not take part in such dangers when they are older when they know the dangers at this age. But on FB friends of his are making all sorts of speculations, far worse than what is published here

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