A search for missing Boardriders CEO Pierre Agnes has ended with no sign of the 54-year-old father of three, who is now presumed dead. Agnes had been fishing off the southwest coast of France early Tuesday when he told port authorities his return would be delayed because of thick fog, per Reuters. His 36-foot boat then returned to land without him, not far from his hometown of Capbreton. More than a day after helicopters and coast guard vessels began searching for Agnes in choppy waters, authorities called off the search at 2:35pm local time Wednesday, "well beyond the theoretical survival time for someone in the water," reports NBC News.
Police will now monitor the coastline for "clues which could have washed up along the beaches," says Lt. Col. Christophe Triollet. He adds an investigation will focus on "the circumstances of his disappearance" and attempt to "reconstruct the timeline and the facts to better understand the situation." In a statement issued Tuesday, Boardriders—the parent company of surfwear brands Quiksilver and Roxy—said Agnes often started his day fishing on his boat, dubbed the Mascaret III. "The Boardriders family and entire surfing world are devastated" by his disappearance, the company continued, per People. "Please keep Pierre and his family in your prayers." (Read more France stories.)