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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 19, 2011

DHEC places section of Grand Strand under swimming advisory

COLUMBIA, S.C. – A small section of the Grand Strand has been placed under a swimming advisory, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control reported today.

"The affected area includes 200 feet above and below the beach access in Briarcliffe Acres at Middle Gate Road," said Sean Torrens of DHEC's Region 6 Environmental Quality Control office, which serves Georgetown, Horry and Williamsburg counties. "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 Torrens, it is safe to wade, collect shells and fish within the swimming advisory area.

"It's best if people don't put their head under water to guard against the possibility of swallowing the water," Torrens 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 Region 6 Environmental Quality Control office at (843) 238-4378 or visit DHEC's beach monitoring webpage at: http://www.scdhec.gov/beach.

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For more information:
Adam Myrick – (803) 898-3884
Email – myrickar@dhec.sc.gov
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