The search for Quiksilver CEO Pierre Agnes who was deemed lost at sea on Tuesday morning has been suspended this afternoon. According to a press release from the Maritime Prefect in France, “At 2:35 p.m., after consultation with the director of the CROSS Etel, the maritime prefect of the Atlantic decided to suspend research at sea by directed means.”
Agnes was discovered to be missing at sea early Tuesday morning when his boat 36-foot boat Mascaret III washed ashore near Hossegor, France empty.
A search was immediately undertaken, with no signs of Agnes found by the time it was paused for the evening at 9:22 p.m. It was resumed this morning before being called off just at 2:35 p.m.
Pierre Agnes: Mystery surrounds multimillionaire boss lost at sea for second day https://t.co/JKrcEjSMrA
— IBTimes UK (@IBTimesUK) January 31, 2018
Not much more is known beyond that, but it is not looking very hopeful for Agnes. But many within the surf world are not giving up hope that Agnes, a big-wave surfer and seasoned boater, will be found.
Former Quiksilver pro surfer Todd Kline told The Orange County Register, “He is both a big-wave rider and a veteran boater. I am optimistic that he will be found. However, I ask that we all pray for him and for his family at this time.”
Boardriders, the umbrella company of Quiksilver, released a statement on Tuesday that offered their hope as well:
“The Boardriders family and entire surfing world are devastated by this news. Given the situation on the ground is still evolving, our statements today will be limited. We are concentrating on working with the local authorities on the search and rescue effort and supporting Pierre’s family. Please keep Pierre and his family in your prayers.”
Others like Kelly Slater, Jeremy Flores, Aritz Aranburu and more took to Instagram to offer heartfelt messages.
I love this man. @pierre_agnes went missing in Hossegor today when his boat washed ashore in the cold, early morning fog. I'm praying for a miracle but it's just starting to hit me what a profound effect this man had on my life and the surf community at large. He loved his morning fishing trips, family, @quiksilver, surfing, friends, motorbikes, Capbreton…I'm not even sure how to let it sink in.
C'est trop dur. Je ne sais même pas par où commencer. Pierre, tu étais mon deuxième père…. Je n'arrive pas à y croire, je ne veux pas y croire ! Tu as toujours pensé aux autres avant tout. C'est tellement injuste. Tu m'as donné ma chance à l'âge de 9 ans alors que je n'avais rien. Merci d'avoir changé ma vie. Merci d'avoir cru en moi tout ce temps. Merci de m'avoir remis à ma place à grand coup de pied au cul quand je dérapais. Tu m'as appris beaucoup dans la vie. Ta magnifique famille c'est toujours occupé de moi dans les moments difficiles. Le monde du surf te doit beaucoup. La famille Flores te doit beaucoup. Tu as changé la vie de centaines de personnes pour le mieux. Tu as était emporté par l'océan que tu aimais tant, dans les Landes. Je n'oublierais jamais nos sorties pêches en mer toutes au long de cette côte. C'était ton moment de décompresser. Chaque session je penserais à toi. Tu serras toujours un exemple et un père pour moi, pour toujours ! Marianne, Mathieu, Marine et Manon je vous aime fort et vous pourrez toujours compter sur moi I don't even know where to start. Surfing has lost a great man yesterday. Taken by the ocean that he loved so much. I will never forget our countless of times fishing at the exact spot where he was taken. I can't believe it. I don't want to believe it. He was the hardest working man i knew. Always doing his best for others. It's not fair. Thank you for everything Pierre. Thank you for changing my life. You gave me a chance when i was 9 years old when i had nothing and never stopped believing in me since. You changed many life for the better. Thank you for putting me back in my place when I was screwing around. Thank you for being REAL. There was never any bullshit with you. You teach me a lot about balance in life. Your beautiful family was always there for me. You will always be a second father. Marianne, Marine, Mathieu & Manon, love you guys
It remains to be seen whether search efforts will be resumed at all in the coming days. Our thoughts are with the friends and family of Agnes.
Stay tuned to ASN for more details as this story continues to develop.
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