Memorial to surf photographer Mickey McCarthy goes missing

By on August 19, 2018

A mockup of a camera near the Nags Head Fishing Pier honoring the late photographer Mickey McCarthy is gone.

Brett Barley of Buxton reported the disappearance of the memorial on his Facebook page.

A check at the Bainbridge Street beach access in Nags Head Sunday confirmed that it had been taken.

McCarthy, who made surfboards but was probably best known for his surf photography, died in December, 2016.

A paddle-out attended by hundreds the following June proved just how popular and respected he was.

The memorial, inscribed with “2M Forever,” was placed next to the stairway leading to the beach at Bainbridge, where a break just north of the pier has long been favored by many surfers.

A similar incident happened at a Kitty Hawk beach access in June, when a collection of shells that were part of a memorial for a 4-year-old New Hampshire boy who drowned three months earlier were returned after they went missing for several days.

They were found next to the flagpole at the Lillian Street beach access by Kitty Hawk’s director of public works, Willie Midgett and returned to the memorial.

The items were part of the little red and orange mailbox for Wesley Belisle, who died after being pulled into the ocean by a shore-breaking wave while walking with his family in April.

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This is horrible. What is wrong with people?


Has anyone checked to see if the Town of Nags Head has it?


And yet the fragile tourists continue to get all bent out of shape whenever they get criticized for being thoughtless and rude.

Melanie Wilcox

This is strange. Whether it is kids or people upset about something not going the way they wanted it too, it is appalling.