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September 15, 2016

DHEC issues swimming advisory for portions of N. Myrtle Beach

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

The affected areas include 200 feet above and below the following:

  • The street end of 3rd Avenue North in North Myrtle Beach
  • The street end of 7th Avenue South in North Myrtle Beach
  • The street end of 9th Avenue South in North Myrtle Beach
  • The street end of 17th Avenue South in North Myrtle Beach.

"High bacteria levels have been detected in these sections of beach, and swimming is not advised until bacteria levels return to normal," said Sean Torrens of DHEC's Pee Dee Environmental Quality Control 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."

According to Torrens, temporary advisory signs are placed at beaches found to have high levels of bacteria in the water where there is not currently a long-term sign. Long-term signs currently exist at several beach locations cautioning that bacteria levels in the water could be high following heavy rains.

For more information about beach water quality in the Myrtle Beach area, call DHEC's Pee Dee EQC office in Myrtle Beach at (843) 238-4378 or visit to view recent water sampling results along the coast.


DHEC Media Relations