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Quicksilver boss declared missing at sea - French local authority

Quicksilver boss declared missing at sea - French local authority”

A massive search was underway off the coast of France Tuesday for Pierre Agnes, the CEO of American retail sportswear company Quicksilver, after his powerboat washed up on a beach during rough weather conditions.

"Please keep Pierre and his family in your prayers", the company said, adding that Agnes' morning boat ride was an everyday occurrence.

French authorities have launched a search operation and sent boats and helicopters to look for 54-year-old Pierre Agnes, Reuters reported.

The CEO of Boardriders is still missing, and things took a turn for the worse later on Tuesday when his boat was discovered run aground and empty on a beach 15 miles south of Capbreton.

French rescue teams are expected to resume search efforts on Wednesday morning.

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"The Boardriders family and entire surfing world are devastated by this news", the brand said in a statement. Three years ago, he replaced Andy Mooney, who served as the brand's CEO between 2013 and 2015.

Agnes, an experienced surfer, worked at Quiksilver for nearly 30 years and became CEO in 2015, reports Surfer magazine.

The Maritime Prefect said in a statement: "At 2.35pm, after consultation with the director of the CROSS (Regional Operational Monitoring and Rescue Centre) of Etel, the maritime prefect of the Atlantic decides to suspend research at sea by directed means". The U.S. investment company Oaktree Capital controls Boardriders and owned a 19 percent share in Billabong.

His disappearance has caused great anguish in the surfing world.

"I love this man", Slater wrote.



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