Beachgoers urged to stay out of Alabama coastal waters

GULF SHORES, Ala. -- Alabama health officials are issuing an advisory for beachgoers to stay out of all coastal waters from Mississippi to the Florida line.

Dr. Donald Williamson, Alabama's state health officer, said Friday the advisory applies to all of Alabama's beaches and the bay waters adjacent to Fort Morgan on the Baldwin County shore.

He said oil from the spreading BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico is visible at Gulf Shores and Fort Morgan on the eastern side of Mobile Bay, and it is anticipated to continue moving eastward.

Williamson also said all of Alabama's coastal waters are being closed to fishing, as are waters on the eastern side of Mobile Bay.