The chief executive of sportswear maker Quiksilver Pierre Agnes is missing off the coast of France after his empty boat was found washed ashore a beach in the country’s south-west.
The port authority of the Atlantic beach town of Capbreton said the search was launched after Mr Agnes’ 11-metre speedboat was found empty and washed up in nearby Hossegor.
Maritime authorities said two boats and three helicopters were involved in the search, but it was suspended overnight and would resume early Wednesday morning local time.
The area is known for intense, sometimes dangerous waves that are prized by surfers.
Mr Agnes sent a message to port authorities indicating that he was delaying his return because of thick fog.
His beached boat was later found empty not far from Hossegor.