Friends pray for ferry jump boy

Echo: The RNLI helped conduct an extensive search for a teenager who disappeared after jumping from a ferry The RNLI helped conduct an extensive search for a teenager who disappeared after jumping from a ferry

Friends of a teenager missing after he jumped from a ferry into a river are hoping he is found alive.

Jordan Cobb, 16, from Plymouth, was spotted jumping from the Torpoint ferry into the River Tamar on Monday night.

Coastguard rescue teams, a helicopter, police and Ministry of Defence launches, Dartmoor Rescue Group and Plymouth's all-weather and inshore lifeboats are all involved in the search for the boy, which resumed on Tuesday morning.

His friends have taken 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 f****** love you Jordan Cobb." 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 Maritime and Coastguard Agency said Brixham Coastguard received a Mayday distress call from the Torpoint ferry at 9.15pm reporting a man overboard near the ferry's slipway in Torpoint, Cornwall.

Police, the coastguard and the RNLI conducted an extensive search for the teenager after he failed to reappear.

Devon and Cornwall Police said the search had resumed this morning, although there was a possibility Jordan had managed to swim ashore. A spokesman said: "We are doing everything we possibly can to find Jordan and the search process continues."

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.

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