London, Jan 11 (IANS) A missing boy who was last seen leaping off a ferry in Britain on New Year's Eve is thought to have performed such an act for a 100 pounds ($160) bet, it has been revealed.
According to police, trying to explore the whereabouts of 16-year-old Jordon Cobb, it could have been a case of a prank which went wrong, Daily Express reported.
Cobb and his friends boarded the ferry in Plymouth city on New Year's Eve. They were planning to go to a street party in Torpoint, on the other side of the water, when the youngster jumped into the Tamar estuary, about 70 yards from the shore, late evening.
"We understand that for some reason Jordan has given his bag to a friend, he's jumped up on to the front of the ferry and then jumped into the water," said detective inspector Nick West.
"There is information in the public domain that suggests this is all a prank, that someone within Jordon's group has engaged with them in relation to a bet... We understand that the figure of about 100 pounds has been discussed but that hasn't been confirmed."
Specialist dive teams, the coast guard and the ministry of defence took advantage of low tides Thursday to continue the search for Cobb. His friends have combed sections of the coastline in vain attempts to find him, as well as bombarding social media sites with appeals to keep up the search.
The official said despite the strong currents in the area, there is some hope that Cobb could still be alive. But if he is hesitant after having commotion over the prank going wrong, he is appealed to return.