It’s been nearly two days since Quiksilver CEO Pierre Agnes’ fishing boat was found washed ashore near Hossegor, France. In a saddening update, the exhaustive search effort for Agnes has been called off by the French Coast Guard. Agnes was last seen departing at 7:30 a.m. in his 36ft fishing boat “Masaret III” on January 30th. Agnes checked in with maritime authorities when he called later that morning to report thick fog would be delaying his return home.
He hasn’t been heard from since.
Agnes is an experienced surfer, has worked at Quiksilver for nearly 30 years and has been the CEO since 2015. Surfers around the world took to Instagram to express condolences. Our thoughts go out to his friends and family.
LOST AT SEA…. REST IN PARADISE 🌊PIERRE AGNES 🌊 @pierre_agnes –Taken By The Ocean That He Loved So Much… At 2:35 p.m. Local Time today, after SEARCHING all morning again, CROSS, the French Navy, announced the (SEARCH CALLED OFF For Pierre) Yesterday morning, QUIKSILVER CEO — and longtime SURFER, FISHERMAN & FAMILY MAN — Pierre Agnes left the Capbreton harbor at 7:30 a.m. Seas were rough and visibility was less-than-ideal. According to the Guardian, he sent a message to port authorities indicating that he was delaying his return because of thick fog. A couple hours later, his boat washed ashore near Biarritz approximately 9:30 a.m. & a search was immediately launched. With water temps around 12 degrees celsius, (53 Fahrenheit), it’s estimated that a human can survive for approximately three hours before hypothermia sets in, which had officials rightly concerned. Our Prayers & Thoughts are with the Agnes Ohana, Marianne, Marine, Mathieu and Manon. You are in our hearts ♥️ @billabong @dcshoes @quiksilver @roxy #art #music // Sunset: @tim_bonython Music: Oceans Eleven// Memorial Edit By: Da Hui
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