State officials have lifted a swimming alert for a Carteret County public beach access.
The state Division of Environmental Health had placed a swimming alert for that section of the beach near milepost 8-1/2 in Pine Knoll Shores. This happened after tests taken Tuesday showed bacteria more than four times state and federal standards.
But the alert was lifted Thursday after subsequent sampling showed bacteria levels had dropped to safe standards for swimming and water play.
A swimming alert has been issued for a public beach on the Crystal Coast in Carteret County.
Initial testing show high levels of bacteria for a public beach access in Pine Knoll Shores. The site is just east of the 8-1/2 milepost. Samples collected Tuesday show the levels more than four times the state and federal standard.
Additional tests will be conducted today and state environmental health officials say if new samples show elevated bacteria counts they will post a swimming advisory sign and issue a swimming advisory.