The number of drownings in the Australian surf has surged over the past year, with data showing men now account for almost 90 per cent of deaths on the coast.

The National Coastal Safety Report revealed a 24 per cent increase in coastal deaths in Australia.

In the 12 months leading up to June, 130 people died in Australia’s coastal waters — an increase from 105 deaths in the same period last year.

The report highlighted men aged between 25 and 29 were at greatest risk.

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