Search for ferry-jump teenager is called off

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The search for a teenager who jumped into a river from a ferry at Torpoint in Cornwall has been called off.

Coastguard rescue teams, a helicopter, Dartmoor Rescue Group and Plymouth's all-weather and inshore lifeboats were all involved in the hunt for 16-year-old Jordan Cobb.

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.

Authorities say he and his friends were in "high spirits" as they prepared to usher in the New Year and police haven't ruled out some sort of dare or stunt.

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

Friends of the teenager said they would be meeting at the Tamar Bridge to carry out their own land-based search on Wednesday morning.

Students and teachers at Stoke Damerel Community College, which Jordan attended, held a prayer service on Tuesday and friends of the teenager have paid tribute to him on social media sites.

Friends of Jordan, from Plymouth, 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 :("

Katy Northcott added: "Thoughts go out to Jordan Cobb and his family hope he's alright. xx"

The Torpoint ferry is pulled across the River Tamar on chains Credit: PA

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.