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Aug. 9, 2012

DHEC lifts previous swimming advisory, issues another

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The swimming advisory issued yesterday for a section of North Myrtle Beach has been lifted, while another section of beach in the town has been placed under an advisory, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control announced today.

“Water samples indicate bacteria amounts in the ocean at 33rd Avenue South in North Myrtle Beach have returned to acceptable levels,” said Sean Torrens of DHEC's Region 6 Environmental Quality Control office, which serves Horry, Georgetown and Williamsburg counties. “High bacteria levels have been detected in the water at 16th Avenue North in North Myrtle Beach. Swimming is not advised within 200 feet of that point 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 to keep your head out of it," 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) 238-4378 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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