Savannah River | 3rd most toxic river in the nation under swimming ban

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News 12 at 11 o'clock/ Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- For the second time in a year, an oil like substance was found floating in the Savannah River.

Augusta officials said it's okay to kayak and use boats in the Savannah River, but no swimming because the oily substance could be harmful to your skin.

Officials said test results from the river should be available early this week.

In 2014, a report named the Savannah River the third most toxic river in the nation.

Could an oil like substance found floating recently be part of the reason why?

Augusta Fire Department Public Information Officer Dee Griffin said the substance can be seen along the banks of the river.

"Earlier today swimmers who were training for a triathlon noticed a film or an oily substance in the water. They called 911 and then the Augusta Fire Department came out," said Griffin.

Griffin said the Fire Department's water rescue team spotted the beginning of the oil like substance around the Mills campus area. The oil can be seen all the way down the Savannah River and Griffin said it appears to vanish near Riverfront Drive.

Inspectors with the Georgia Environmental Protection agency took samples for testing on Sunday.

This is the second time in three months an oil like substance was found floating in the river. Back in June, inspectors were called out to determine what a substance was floating in the river.

For now, Georgia EPD inspectors are trying to find out where and how the substance got into the water