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Quiksilver CEO missing after his empty boat washes up on French beach

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Nellie Chapman | 31 January, 2018, 04:16

A search was under way on Tuesday (Jan 30) for the chief executive of surfing brand Quiksilver after his boat was found empty, washed up on a beach in south-west France, officials said.

According to Agence France-Press, Agnes, 54, went out in his boat early Tuesday morning and later told authorities that because of fog, he would return later than he'd initially planned. The French Maritime Gendarmerie began the searches with two patrol boats backed up by three helicopters.

It is not yet known if Mr Agnes was alone or with others, but despite rough seas, the area had low winds and good visibility at the time of his disappearance. Agnes, with the company for 30 years, became CEO in 2015.

Quiksilver is a well-known surf-wear company founded in Australia near the shores of Torquay.

Mr Agnes joined Boardriders Inc. - formally known as Quiksilver - almost 30 years ago and works out of the European headquarters near Biarritz.

In January, Boardriders announced that it was preparing to buy its Australian rival Billabong, creating a group that would combine 630 stores in 28 countries.

It is now majority-owned by an American investment group and based in Huntington Beach, California.