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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 30, 2015

DHEC issues swimming advisory

COLUMBIA, S.C. - A portion of Edisto Island has been placed under a swimming advisory due to elevated bacteria levels, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control reported today.

"The affected area includes 200 feet above and below the beach access at Ebb Tide Street, likely caused by recent high tides," said Russell Berry of DHEC's Lowcountry Environmental Quality Control office in Beaufort. "High bacteria levels have been detected in this section of the beach, and swimming is not advised until bacteria levels return to normal."

According to Berry, 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," Berry 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 Beaufort at (843) 846-1030 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