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Tupper Lake man hurt outside concert at SPAC

July 26, 2012
By JESSICA COLLIER - Staff Writer ( , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

TUPPER LAKE - A local 22-year-old spent the night at an Albany hospital after falling down an embankment during a Nickelback concert Tuesday at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs.

Kevin Beaudette, 22, of Tupper Lake, was rescued after falling about 40 feet into the Geyser Brook Gorge, said Dan Keefe, spokesman for the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

The embankment runs along SPAC's Route 50 parking lot, according to a statement from SPAC President Marcia White.

Keefe said Beaudette was approached by SPAC security outside of the concert venue's fence, where people are known to jump the fence to get into a concert without a ticket. Beaudette turned away from security, slipped and fell down the embankment.

Beaudette was intoxicated, Keefe said.

The incident happened around 9:30 p.m., and the concert by rock bands Nickelback, Bush and My Darkest Days wrapped up just before 11 p.m. Tuesday.

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Keefe said it's not known whether the Tupper Laker had a ticket to the show, but there was no ticket found on his person.

The Saratoga Springs Fire Department, with the help of state park police, pulled Beaudette out of the gorge with a Stokes basket, a basket usually made of light metal or plastic that's basically a stretcher a person can be strapped into.

"The emergency personnel deserve great credit for their swift and professional response," White said in the statement.

Keefe said Beaudette was taken to Saratoga Hospital with multiple bruises and scrapes, and then sent to Albany Medical Center for observation overnight. He was released Wednesday morning.

Beaudette has not been charged with anything, Keefe said.



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