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Search for missing teenager who 'jumped' from Torpoint Ferry called off

By Jo_Wood  |  Posted: January 01, 2013

  • Search for missing teenager who 'jumped' from Torpoint Ferry called off

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An extensive search for a 16-year-old boy who jumped from the Torpoint Ferry into the River Tamar has been called off.

Jordan Cobb was seen to jump from the car and pedestrian chain ferry, connecting Devonport in Plymouth and Torpoint in Cornwall, at around 9.15pm on New Year's Eve, prompting a major search for the Plymouth teenager.

He had been out celebrating new year and was with a group of youngsters on the ferry.

He jumped overboard as the vessel was 50 - 60 metres from shore but friends did not see him emerge from the water and immediately raised the alarm.

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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.

Police, RNLI and coastguard teams were all scrambled during the land and sea search.

Teams 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 checked under the ferry, which was anchored near the Torpoint slipway and not in service.

The search last night was called off at around 2am this morning and resumed again at first light.

It is thought Jordan is a Year 11 student at Stoke Damerel Community College.

Chief Inspector Ian Drummond Smith said: "The river was extensively searched by air and sea for several hours, but there remains a possibility that he managed to swim ashore, and I would ask anyone with information to call the police on 101."

-Jo is a digital journalist and editor based in Cornwall working as a Regional Digital Publisher, Devon and Cornwall, for Northcliffe Digital.

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