'She Died Doing What She Loved With the One She Loved'

Urban explorer mourned following Philadelphia drowning
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 8, 2018 6:47 AM CDT
She Was Taking Photos in a Storm Drain. Then Came Water
A section of Pennypack Creek is viewed in 2006.   (Wikimedia/Coemgenus)

An urban explorer and photographer known for her images of abandoned spaces is being mourned as a "queen" of her Philadelphia community days after she died doing what she loved. Rebecca Bunting, 30, was taking photos inside a storm drain with her boyfriend Saturday when she was swept away in a flash flood, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer. A sudden rush of water sent the pair into Pennypack Creek around 6pm. Her boyfriend suffered minor injuries but was able to pull himself out of the water, reports Fox News. He called 911 when Bunting didn't emerge, and authorities found her body around 10am Sunday. Area residents describe Pennypack Creek as particularly dangerous after rain, noting four of five deaths there since 2010 occurred in similar conditions.

"Pennypack can be beautiful and serene and great for pictures, but after a rainstorm, it can be deadly," one woman tells the Inquirer. "The water just rages down the creek." It isn't clear if Bunting knew of the dangers, having lived in Philadelphia for about a year. "She died doing what she loved with the one she loved," a friend writes on Facebook, per Fox News. "We're always going to have Becca's photos and the photos we took of her," another friend says. The second-to-last photo Bunting posted to her Instagram account, which had some 15,000 followers, shows a sunset viewed through an archway, per the AP. "If there is life after death, I want to come back as a sunset. Ain't much else more beautiful than that," the caption reads. (More flash floods stories.)

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