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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 29, 2015

DHEC issues swimming advisory

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Two small sections of Sullivan's Island have been placed under a swimming advisory due to elevated bacteria levels, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control reported today.

"The affected areas include 200 feet above and below the beach access at Station 26 and Bayonne St. and 200 feet above and below the beach access at Station 18-1/2 and Flag St. on Sullivan's Island," said Harvey Wilkins of DHEC's Lowcountry Environmental Quality Control office in Charleston. "High bacteria levels have been detected in these sections of the beach, and swimming is not advised until bacteria levels return to normal."

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

For more information about beach water quality, call DHEC's Lowcountry EQC office in Charleston at 843-953-0150 or visit DHEC's beach monitoring webpage at http://www.scdhec.gov/beach.

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Jim Beasley
Public Information Director
beaslejc@dhec.sc.gov
803.898.7769