Jordan Cobb's family thanks heroes searching for missing teen
JORDAN Cobb's family have spoken out to thank the "heroes" who have spent the last five days looking for the missing teenager.
Jordan has not been seen since he jumped from a ferry crossing the River Tamar on New Year's Eve.
Last night Jordan's brother, Lee, thanked the emergency services and members of the public involved in the huge search operation.
He said: "I am so overwhelmed with all of your kind words and support; it's unbelievable how amazing you all are.
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"I just hope to meet as many of you as possible to thank you in person for all your support and actions and words – it brings great warmth to my heart in such dark and tragic times.
"I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have been out looking for my little bro.
"All of you have been amazing in keeping hope for not only us but yourselves in continuously looking to bring him home.
"So I'd like to thank the police, the MoD, RNLI, Coastguards, the Royal Navy and all of you fantastic volunteers for giving up all your free time and effort.
"Please, please, please just if you choose to search do it safely in every way possible. You are all heroes in my eyes."
He added: "Lastly I would like to thank all of you for your continued respect for family feelings and also the media for respecting the family's need for privacy in these traumatic times. It has been a huge help, so many thanks.
"Thank you so, so, so much from all of us, be it family or friends, it all means so much."
Many of Jordan's friends will return to school on Monday after the Christmas break.
Danni Hopkins said: "It just won't be the same. He was in most of my lessons, he used to hang around with us all the time. We are trying to be strong for each other."
Police said they would continue with searches over the weekend following a week of intense activity.
Friday saw officers once again joined by the RNLI, Coastguard and MoD launches in the search for Jordan Cobb, scouring the water and the foreshore.
A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesman said: "Further searches are being considered, but the warning to the public remains: please do not go on to the foreshore, risking your own safety, as co-ordinated searches are in hand."