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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 2, 2018

S.C. DHEC issues temporary swimming advisory

COLUMBIA, S.C. - A section of beach along South Carolina's coast has been placed under a swimming advisory, the Department of Health and Environmental Control reported today.

The affected area(s) include(s) 200 feet above and below:

  • 77th Avenue North in Myrtle Beach

High bacteria levels have been detected in this section of beach, and swimming is not advised until bacteria levels return to normal.

According to the Department, 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. People with open cuts or other wounds should also avoid contact with the water.

Temporary swimming advisory signs are placed at beaches found to have high levels of bacteria in the water where there is not currently a long-term swimming advisory sign. Please visit http://gis.dhec.sc.gov/beachaccess/ to view recent water sampling results along the coast.

For more information call your local Environmental Affairs Office:

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DHEC Media Relations
media@dhec.sc.gov
(803) 898-7769