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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 11, 2012

DHEC places two sections of North Myrtle Beach under swimming advisory

COLUMBIA, S.C. Two small sections of North Myrtle Beach have 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 at Third Avenue North, and 200 feet above and below the beach access at 17th Avenue South," said Sean Torrens of DHEC's Region 7 Environmental Quality Control office, which serves Horry, Georgetown 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.

"To guard against the possibility of swallowing the water, it's best if people don't put their head under 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 EQC office at (843) 846-1030 or visit DHEC's beach monitoring webpage at: http://www.scdhec.gov/beach.

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