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Friends Pray for Safe Return of Ferry Jump Teenager
4:51am 7th January 2013
(Updated 4:51am 7th January 2013)
Police divers have been told they will not be able to join the search for missing Jordan Cobb on Friday.
Teams have been watching conditions to see if the river bed can be scoured.
It is as officers warn people searching for the teenager who fell from the Torpoint ferry are putting their own lives at risk.
50 officers and coastguards are still combing the Tamar and shoreline for the 16 year old.
He plunged into the river on his way to a New Year's Eve party in Cornwall.
Chief inspector Ian Drummond-Smith wants volunteers to grab binoculars instead: "What I would discourage the volunteer searchers from doing is going out to the shoreline today. We've got fifty professional searchers out and I don't want them to be hampered or slowed down in any way. I do appreciate it's frustrating and they want to do something so if they could take to some high ground perhaps and do some looking out for us, that would be very helpful."
On Thursday, a helicopter was drafted in as part of the search for Jordan, who Pirate FM has learned was a keen swimmer who wanted to be a lifeguard.
Detective Inspector Nick West is leading the search. He said: "It must be horrific for (his parents). You know, your sixteen year old lad goes out on New Years Eve expecting to have a good time with his friends, and the next thing you know, you get a phonecall from the police and members of the public, saying 'we think your son's jumped in the river.'"
"We will keep an open mind, you know there is every hope that he has managed to crawl ashore somewhere. But obviously as time goes on, the tides, the temperature of the water and the location isn't giving us much hope at this time. But obviously, we will still do our best to try and find him."
Danni Hopkins is among the band of Jordan's friends who are combing the banks of the Tamar on Wednesday morning. She said: "We need to find him.
"He was just a lovely guy. He wouldn't hurt anyone. He never did anything wrong. He was one of those people who would always get your back. He was always there for his friends so this time we need to be there for him."
Brixham Coastguard was first alerted after receiving a Mayday distress call from the Torpoint ferry at 9.15pm on New Year's Eve reporting a man overboard near the ferry's slipway in Torpoint, Cornwall.
A major search resumed on the morning of New Year's Day and police said there was a chance he had managed to swim ashore.
Friends of Jordan, who comes 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."
Matt Lethbridge tweeted: "Happy new year people but thought 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 was established in 1791.4:51am 7th January 2013
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