SULLIVAN'S ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - The state's Department of Health and Environmental Control placed two sections of Sullivan's Island under a swimming advisory because of elevated bacteria levels Tuesday.
"The affected areas include 200 feet above and below the beach access at Station 26 and Bayonne St. and 200 feet above and below the beach access at Station 18-1/2 and Flag St. on Sullivan's Island," Harvey Wilkins, of DHEC's Lowcountry Environmental Quality Control office in Charleston, said. "High bacteria levels have been detected in these sections of the beach, and swimming is not advised until bacteria levels return to normal."
It is safe to wade, collect shells and fish within the swimming advisory area, Wilkins said, but advised waders keep their heads out of the water to guard against the possibility of swallowing it and ingesting the bacteria.
"People with open cuts or other wounds should also avoid contact with the water," Wilkins said.
For more information about beach water quality, call DHEC's Lowcountry EQC office in Charleston at (843) 953-0150 or visit DHEC's beach monitoring webpage at http://www.scdhec.gov/beach.