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Coast accidents rise.

The number of people who died off the British coast rose by more than 20 per cent last year, according to figures released yesterday.

A total of 284 people died in 2001 in incidents including drownings, cliff falls and accidents at sea compared with 234 in 2000, statistics from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency revealed.

A spokeswoman for the agency said a rise in the number of people using the sea and coastline for pleasure, and last summer's good weather were behind the increase.
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