Swimming Advisory Issued For Part Of North Topsail Beach

An advisory against swimming was posted Tuesday at an ocean-side site in Onslow County. State recreational water quality officials found bacteria levels in the water that exceeded state and Environmental Protection Agency's recreational water quality standards.

The advisory affects an area at the public beach access NTB Sea Dunes off New River Inlet Road in North Topsail Beach.

People swimming or playing in waters with bacteria levels higher than the standards have an increased risk of developing gastrointestinal illness or skin infections.

This advisory is not a beach closing, nor does the advisory affect the entire North Topsail Beach area. Swimming advisories affect water within 200 feet of the sign.

State officials will continue testing the site, and they will remove the sign and notify the public again when the bacteria levels decrease to levels below the standards.