NMB officials: Social media posts claiming ‘hundreds of dead birds’ are false

NMB officials: Social media posts claiming ‘hundreds of dead birds’ are false
With heavy rains hitting Myrtle Beach early Friday as Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina, flash flood warnings have been in effect for areas in the Pee Dee.  (Source: Caroline Hecker/WIS)

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - North Myrtle Beach officials took time Saturday to stamp out any rumors circulating on social media of “thousands of dead birds” lining the coasts.

In a statement issued by city spokesperson Pat Dowling, officials reiterated that the number of birds found dead on the beach is much closer to two or three.

“Social media discussions stating that ‘hundreds’ of birds and ‘dozens’ of birds were found on the beach are not correct,” Dowling said in part in the statement.

The report continues to discredit that the deaths are connected to ongoing beach renourishment projects.

“As of this writing, there is no confirmation of a diesel spill or that the death of any of the birds is associated with a diesel spill.” Dowling wrote.

NMB officials said no fuel leak of any kind has been reported.

Dowling says the U.S. Coast Guard, SCDHEC, SCDNR, the City of North Myrtle Beach as well as beach renourishment contractors are continuing to investigate. The birds found Saturday have been sent off for autopsy.

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