HALL COUNTY, Ga. -- The Hall County Sheriff's Office has identified the body found in Lake Lanier at Gainesville Marina, Thursday morning.
Authorities believe 65-year-old Richard Linton Beacham of Cobb County fell off the dock near his boat and drowned. At this point the body has been transported to the DeKalb County Medical Examiner's Office to determine the exact cause of death.
Deputies and investigators responded to a call of a body found in the water around 10 a.m.. That's where a boater located the body floating in the lake at the marina.
Investigators originally identified the victim as a white male in his 60s who rents a slip in the marina and keeps his boat stored there.
Preliminary investigation revealed no signs of foul play.
This case is still under investigation.
According to Department of Natural Resources data, from 2010 to 2015, there were 24 fatalities at the lake. There were 306 boating under the influence charges, 33 drownings and 258 boating incidents.
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DNR data accounts for eight lakes in the state, including Allatoona, Blackshear, Clarks Hill, Hartwell, Jackson, Lanier, Oconee and Sinclair.
Of the eight lakes, Lanier accounts for 61.5 percent of fatalities, 40 percent of all BUIs, 43% of total drownings and 55% of boating incidents.
By comparison, though it had only 6.66 percent fewer visitors, Allatoona saw much fewer accidents with 96 BUIs, 18 drownings, 7 fatalities and 77 boating incidents in the same period.