COLLETON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - A small section of Edisto Beach has been placed under a swimming advisory, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control reported on Wednesday.
"The affected area includes 200 feet above and below the beach access at Atlantic Street on Edisto Beach," said David Payne of DHEC's Lowcountry Environmental Quality Control office in Beaufort. "High bacteria levels have been detected in this section of the beach, and swimming is not advised until bacteria levels return to normal."
According to Payne, 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 up and out of the water," Payne said. "People with open cuts or other wounds should also avoid contact with the water."