A Philadelphia-area photographer was killed on Saturday after she was swept away by floodwaters during heavy storms passing through the city.
Rebecca Bunting, a talented urbex photographer, was in a storm drain near Roosevelt Boulevard with her boyfriend on Saturday night, when a sudden rush of water swept both into the creek around 6 p.m. Bunting's boyfriend was able to make it out of the water, which was up to 10 feet deep in places, but Bunting was swept away. A neighbor called 911 when he he heard him screaming for help. Police began a search Saturday evening, but had to call it off overnight as the storms made the area dangerous.
Bunting's body was eventually found around 10:45 a.m. Sunday near the Frankford Avenue Bridge, about a mile downstream, though police say she likely died as soon as she was swept into the creek. They believe Bunting was taking photos in the storm drain at the time. Friends remember her as a talented photographer and a "beautiful person" who "lit up" a room. It's a sad reminder to be extremely careful when choosing photo locations and to never put yourself in harm's way or a situation with no escape.
Lead image of Pennypack Creek by Wikipedia user Coemgenus, used under Public Domain.