Swimming in Grand Strand swashes and ocean outfalls unsafe
Update 5:30 p.m. Friday: the advisory was lifted for all areas except 3rd Avenue North in North Myrtle Beach.
The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control issued an updated swim advisory Thursday for three parts of North Myrtle Beach due to elevated bacteria levels in the ocean.
Wednesday’s temporary swim advisory affecting the Briarcliffe Cabana was lifted, but an additional area in North Myrtle Beach was added.
Thursday’s advisory affects the areas 200 feet above and below 17th Avenue South, 3rd Avenue North and 16th Avenue North in North Myrtle Beach.
The swimming advisories are issued when DHEC detects bacteria levels that are higher than normal, and typically only last a few days. DHEC says that although it’s safe to wade and fish, people should avoid putting their heads under the surface to prevent swallowing water.
People with open cuts and wounds should avoid contact with the water entirely, according to DHEC.
Christian Boschult, 843-626-0218, @TSN_Christian