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Quiksilver boss lacking at sea as boat washes up

01 February 2018, 12:28 | Maryann Sutton

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He said the alarm was raised following the discovery of the empty boat on the beach at around 9.15am - some two hours after Mr Agnes had set off.

Quiksilver was an Australian company that is now part of California-based Boardriders.

In a statement, Boardriders said that 54-year-old Agnes had gone fishing on his "beloved" boat, as he often did in the mornings, and that he had not been heard from since. According to Agence France-Press, after Agnes left the harbor he told authorities that because of fog, he would return later than he'd initially planned.

Agnes, a great surfer and fisherman, knows the area and waves really well and would have done the trip thousands of times so everyone is somewhat stunned.

Search operations were suspended at around 9pm Tuesday night and resumed Wednesday morning, with patrols scouring the French coast by air and sea for the CEO and father of three.

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"The Boardriders family and entire surfing world are devastated by this news".

Pierre Agnes is CEO of Boardriders, the company that owns Quiksilver. He became CEO in 2015.

Pro surfer Kelly Slater took to Instagram with a message about Agnes' disappearance, saying he was "praying for a miracle" during the search.

The World Surf League wrote on Twitter that news of Mr Agnes's disappearance was "deeply troubling".

"Our thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family all at this time, as well as the search and rescue teams", it said. Get your FREE trial or subscribe now.

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