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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 7, 2017

DHEC issues swimming advisory for portions of N. Myrtle Beach

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Seven areas of beach along South Carolina's Grand Strand have been placed under a swimming advisory, the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) reported today.

The affected areas are the following:

  • 59th Avenue North in North Myrtle Beach
  • 45th Avenue North in North Myrtle Beach
  • 30th Avenue North in North Myrtle Beach
  • 16th Avenue North in North Myrtle Beach
  • 7th Avenue South in North Myrtle Beach
  • 9th Avenue South in North Myrtle Beach
  • 17th Avenue South in North Myrtle Beach

"High bacteria levels have been detected in these areas of the beach, and swimming is not advised until bacteria levels return to normal," said Sean Torrens of DHEC's Pee Dee Environmental Affairs office in Myrtle Beach.

According to Torrens, it is safe to wade, collect shells and fish within the swimming advisory area.

"To guard against the possibility of swallowing the water, it's best to keep your head up and out of the water," Torrens said. "People with open cuts or other wounds should also avoid contact with the water."

Please visit http://gis.dhec.sc.gov/beachaccess/ to view recent water sampling results along the coast.

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