COLUMBIA, S.C. (WMBF) - A section of beach along the Grand Strand has been placed under a short-term swimming advisory, according to the Department of Health and Environmental Control.
A press release from DHEC states the advisory is for water at the public access point at 33rd Avenue South in North Myrtle Beach. This swimming advisory is not a beach closing, nor does this advisory affect the entire beach.
Bacteria levels that are above state and federal standards have been detected in this area of water, and swimming is not advised in the area until bacteria levels return to normal.
It’s safe to wade, collect shells and fish within this swimming advisory area. However, it’s advised that people entering the water in this area refrain from swallowing it, and that people with open wounds or compromised immune systems avoid contact with the water.