It was reported yesterday by French authorities that Pierre Agnès, the 54-year-old CEO of Quiksilver, has been declared lost at sea.
According to The Local France, search and rescue efforts began Tuesday after Agnès’ boat washed ashore without the CEO aboard it.
Agnès set out on his boat at around 7:30 AM Tuesday morning off the southwest coast of France. It is reported that, at some point during his trip, Agnès told local maritime authorities he would be postponing his return to shore due to fog. The boat later washed up at the famed surf spot of Hossegor without Agnès on it around 9:15 AM.
The Local notes that rough seas were present in the area when the boat turned up, and two helicopters and two rescue boats were dispatched and are currently searching for Agnès.
Carve Magazine spoke with surf photographer Tim Nunn who was at Hossegor when the boat washed ashore.
“Holy s&@t, literally just got out of the water,” Nunn told Carve. “Everyone at [Hossegor] was looking for him in between sets … The lifeguards on the beach asked me to look out for a body whilst I was swimming around.”
Agnès has been with Quiksilver for 30 years. He became CEO of the brand in 2015