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Broadkill and Slaughter Beaches Under Advisory

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BROADKILL BEACH, Del. - The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control has issued an anti-swimming advisory for Broadkill and Slaughter Beaches because of heavy rain.


DNREC warned against swimming due to an influx of bacteria in the waters. This comes from the run-off from the land.


There are no signs at the beaches to alert people to the advisory, but the information can be found by calling a hotline or signing up for email alerts. According to a DNREC representative, since these two beaches do not have lifeguards, they do not recommend swimming there in the first place.


However, beach-goer Jim Doyle thinks there should have been warnings, since many people did end up swimming anyway and had no idea about the advisory.

"What would it cost to post a sign?" he questioned. "There's really only one entrance here on the beach, they could put a sign there, lifeguards from another beach could do it."

According to DNREC officials, swimming in bacteria-infested water can lead to an upset stomach or earache. If you are healthy and decide to swim, they recommend not getting your head wet.

For Matthew Bartal and his family, who visit the beach once a year, they are just happy to get all the facts.

"I'll make sure the kids dont dunk their heads, we're jgoing toonna be more cautious," he said. "It does not ruin our weekend!"

DNREC took samples of the water a8 amnd 8am Thursday morning, and that takes 24 hours to process. Employees expect the water to be safe to swim in again by Friday.

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