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Search continues for missing teenager

Torpoint ferry Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

The search is continuing for missing Plymouth teenager, Jordon Cobb. It's believed the sixteen year old jumped from the Torpoint Ferry into the River Tamar on New Year's Eve.

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.

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.

Search for boy seen jumping from ferry

The search has resumed today for a missing teenager from Plymouth, who was spotted jumping from the Torpoint ferry into the River Tamar. He has been named as 16 year old Jordan Cobb from Plymouth.

Brixham Coastguard received a Mayday distress call from the Torpoint ferry at 9.15pm last night reporting a man overboard near the ferry's slipway in Torpoint.

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

We are treating Jordan as a high risk missing person and we are working with the coastguard to try and locate him."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."

– Chief Inspector Ian Drummond Smith, Devon and Cornwall police

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Ferry company celebrates being saved

A special trip is taking place this morning to celebrate the rescue of Bristol's famous blue and yellow ferries. The Bristol Ferry Boat Company went into liquidation late last year after 35 years' but a group of local well wishers got together and raised the money to buy the boats.

The celebratory trip is due to leave Cascade Steps at 11.30 am.

The blue and yellow boats will remain an attraction in Bristol harbour, thanks to the money being found to save them Credit: ITV West

Bristol cross harbour ferry contract awarded

The success of the Cross Harbour Ferry service in Bristol means the service no longer needs council tax payer support.

A new five-year contract has been awarded to Number Seven Boat Trips to operate the service.

The previous ferry contract, operated by the same company, was subsidised by Bristol City Council at a cost of £36,100 a year.

The Cross Harbour Ferry service operates on demand from the SS Great Britain to and from Capricorn Quay and the New Harbour Inlet. The service operates all year round.

Passenger figures have more than doubled during the duration of the last contract from 61,653 passengers carried in 2008 to 154,304 in 2011.

We knew we could make this work and we have. The response to the ferry has been phenomenal and I’m very proud of what we have achieved.

– Richard Rankin, Number Seven Boat Trips

This is our model for supporting transport services. Funds to kick-start and develop an innovative and useful transport service should be withdrawn and used elsewhere when the service is successfully attracting enough passengers.

It worked with rail - the Severn Beach Line, and it worked here.

– Tim Kent, Executive Member for Transport, Bristol City Council

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