Some Myrtle Beach swimmers warned to stay out of the water because of bacteria
Posted June 14, 2018 11:49 a.m. EDT
Myrtle Beach, S.C. — Swimmers were advised to stay out of the water along some parts of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina after state regulators said high levels of bacteria were reported in some areas.
The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control issued a warning for several areas around the state where beach waters were not safe. Those affected areas include 200 feet above and below the following locations:
- 15th Avenue South in Myrtle Beach
16th Avenue North in North Myrtle Beach
23rd Avenue South in Myrtle Beach
34th Avenue North in Myrtle Beach
53rd Avenue North in Myrtle Beach
According to state officials, elevated bacteria levels triggered the warnings. It was not immediately clear when the levels would return to normal.
Authorities said, "It is safe to wade, collect shells and fish within the swimming advisory area but swallowing water in those areas was not advised. People with open cuts and wounds were also urged to stay out of the ocean water.