Quiksilver CEO Pierre Agnes missing in Atlantic

French authorities have deployed boats and helicopters to search for head of California-based company

The Associated Press

Posted: Jan 31, 2018 9:58 AM ET
Last Updated: Jan 31, 2018 9:58 AM ET

French authorities have deployed boats and helicopters off the coast of southwest France to search for the chief executive of sportswear maker Quiksilver after his empty boat was found washed ashore. 

France Quiksilver Boat

The boat belonging to Agnes is pictured sits in the port of Capbreton in southwestern France on Wednesday. (Bob Edme/The Associated Press)

The port authority of the Atlantic beach town of Capbreton said the search was launched after Pierre Agnes’s empty boat was found washed up Tuesday in nearby Hossegor.

Maritime authorities said two boats and three helicopters are involved in the search. The area is known for intense, sometimes dangerous waves that are prized by surfers. 

France gendarme Quiksilver

A French gendarme helps search for Agnes on the beach of Hossegor/ (Bob Edme/ Associated Press)

Quiksilver, known for its surf wear, was founded in Australia but is now majority owned by a U.S.-based investment group and based in Huntington Beach, Calif.

Agnes was head of its France-based European headquarters before being named company CEO in 2015.

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