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, WRAL reports.

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.