Isle of Palms officials consider camera at Breach Inlet to deter swimming

Isle of Palms officials consider camera at Breach Inlet to deter swimming

ISLE OF PALMS, S.C. (WCSC) - The City of Isle of Palms is considering installing a camera on a popular spot for fishing and boating.

Breach Inlet is right in between Isle of Palms and Sullivan’s Island. The waterway is known for its picturesque views, but also because of its strong current.

Swimming in the area is prohibited and punishable with a fine, but Isle of Palms police say they receive calls of people swimming at least once a week.

IOP Police Chief Kevin Cornett says the idea about installing a camera came from a discussion about how dangerous the area can be for people.

“The current’s strong out there. It’ll pull them off their feet and pull them out into the ocean really quickly,” said Cornett. “Typically, when it does, it takes the fire department to respond in a rescue capacity out there to help them.”

The city has already implemented cameras throughout the island, and there are people in the police department that monitor those cameras.

Cornett says a lot of the times they’ll be able to catch someone who is in distress or respond to crime in the area more efficiently.

Some people visiting the area say that the camera may ruin the appeal of the waterway, while others believe the camera could help save lives.

“If people know they’re going to be videotaped and they can be fined that will deter people from swimming in these very dangerous currents out here,” said Christian McBurney, a visitor to the island.

Currently, police are working with city officials to determine the cost for the camera.

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