Urban explorer drowns in flash flood

Monello

Awww, jeez
PREMO Member
I didn't realize there is an entire subculture of people that follow this sort of adventure. Her pictures and those taken by her friends are pretty awesome.

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This is 1 of the pictures they took that day before the rains came. Water level is very low. Below you can read the surviving photographers tale of how it happened.
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[FONT=&quot]In South Philly, Rebecca Bunting was a popular, tatted-up, 30-year-old bartender.[/FONT][FONT=&quot][/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]But around the world, she was known as @_bword, for the persona she used to interact online with the global urban exploration community made up of photographers and thrill-seekers who trespass in abandoned spaces: Some enter these “bandos” for the sake of great photography, others do it for pure, unadulterated adrenaline.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]And Bunting was one of the greats.[/FONT]
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[FONT=&quot]“She was the bando queen,” Carly Weiss, a friend and fellow urban explorer, said. “There’s no doubt about it.”[/FONT]
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[FONT=&quot]While shooting photos with her boyfriend from inside a storm drain near Roosevelt Boulevard Saturday night, Bunting [/FONT]was swept away by Pennypack Creek’s raging waters[FONT=&quot] during a flash flood, becoming the creek’s sixth victim in eight years. Police found her body Sunday morning near the Frankford Avenue Bridge.[/FONT]
bando queen

This is part of a Facebook post from the guy that was with her in the storm drain.

Saturday was by far the worst day of my entire life. I lost my best friend, my loving girlfriend, my partner in crime, my travel companion, the mother to our fur babies who was also a loving daughter and sister. I love you so much Becca. Ive always tried to keep you safe and out of harms way.

She was solid as a rock at all times. She loved to cook for me and she was great at it. Our house was always clean and she made sure the dogs were taken care of. She made sure everything was taken care of. I wasn’t aloud to do laundry and would have to fight her to help clean the dishes. She spoiled me and always did everything she could. Our lives were based around each others schedule. We rarely did anything by ourselves, we were always together. She would even come to work with me on her days off just to practice her photographer more.

im sure you all want to know how could this even happen. If you look at the other photo, that is the drain we were in. It had less then 6 inches of water. We’ve been here a few times already, and i used to ride my bike in this drain all the time when i was younger. I know friends who’s been in there a bunch recently and never had any issues. We checked several websites about the weather and there was no rain coming till later that night.

After about 40 minutes of shooting in the drain, we were literally taking our last few photos as we started hearing water rushing. From what i was told the water was coming from flash floods 3 hours away in the poconos. It never even rained in Philly till hours later that night. Within 5 minutes it went from 6 inches of water to waist high.

We tried to find a manhole to climb out but another 2 minutes later It was up to our necks and we were floating through the drain in rapid rushing water. It was throwing us around everywhere and we kept screaming each others names back and forth saying were gonna be ok. We lost grip and the current took her ahead of me.

At the end of the drain theres a big metal gate. I kept yelling that we had to grab the gate if possible and not go under it. Less then a minute later i was sucked under the metal gate with the water and hit my head on the concrete or the gate. I was then unconscious for im not sure how long. I woke up 25 yards up stream stuck between a tree branch choking up water. I crawled to shore then tried to stand up and collapsed, I couldn’t move. I could just scream out her name but i got no response.

The water stripped all my clothes off besides my teeshirt and boxers. I was freezing and my feet were bleeding all over but i finally got up and continued to try and walk down the stream looking for her. The current took me under again and i almost didn’t make it out a second time. I knew i had to get to land and call the police.

Im so so sorry Becca. I tried everything i could.I miss you so much. Ive never cried this much. Ive never prayed this hard. Ive never begged for forgiveness like i have the past few days. I’ve never hurt this bad in my life. Its been 3 days and I’ve haven’t slept. Im sick without you. I just want to be with you. I can’t express how deep my love is for you. We had some disagreements and some arguments but none of that could ever separate us for even 1 day. I’ll never forget in one argument you said ill be lost without you. You were so right. Im so lost without.


 

Kyle

Just being a fly in the ointment...
PREMO Member
I looked up urban explorers.

I didn't even know this was a thing.
 

black dog

Free America
PREMO Member
They are called Storm Sewers for a reason.. We were taught as kids, don't play in the storm sewers..
 

GURPS

INGSOC
PREMO Member
Yep Urban Exploration is a thing ....

.... that is heart breaking but do stupid things win stupid prizes
 

Hijinx

Well-Known Member
I can see going to old buildings to explore them, it sounds kind of interesting , even is it is trespassing.
But what the hell is in an old storm drain that could possibly interest anyone.?
 

Hannibal

Member
This kind of activity in a drain is common place. As part of a larger project, I am currently repairing a large box culvert that outfalls into the Baltimore Harbor. It's tidal on one end and serves as drainage through the City. We have it blocked off on the Harbor side so it stays relatively dry when it's not raining. It's roughly 20' wide and 8' high. I have one person on my staff who is assigned to check the weather (both forecast and radar) EACH hour to identify POTENTIAL rain events upstream. It funnels surface drainage over a widespread area and will definitely see flows from rain events 10's of miles away. And even small amounts of rain can rapidly change flow levels. As access to the culvert is limited (spaced out), ample time is needed to evacuate. I've seen it jump 4' in under 10 minutes time without a drop of rain near the job and only the view of some dark clouds WAY off in the distance. It jumps up quick.

Another risk with these things: Many of these older storm systems are over capacity. And when you funnel so much water into a fixed diameter pipe, it accelerates the flow rate and creates a vacuum against the air outside of the pipe. With a big enough storm drain pipe (think 48" at near capacity), the suction on it can be strong enough to suck you/things in through a manhole opening if you pop the right frame and cover at the wrong time.
 

itsbob

I bowl overhand
I didn't realize there is an entire subculture of people that follow this sort of adventure. Her pictures and those taken by her friends are pretty awesome.

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This is 1 of the pictures they took that day before the rains came. Water level is very low. Below you can read the surviving photographers tale of how it happened.
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bando queen

This is part of a Facebook post from the guy that was with her in the storm drain.
Not the Queen of Bando.. she died.. that's the ultimate failure. Can't get a worse grade then death.. not even an F.

Don't see how you win a title of Queen of anything when you die doing it. Queen of ultimate failure maybe.
 

Monello

Awww, jeez
PREMO Member
Reaching out from the beyond?

At exactly 4:30 pm, something changed, every cell in my body felt the shift as if all of the tectonic plates on earth and beyond, seen and unseen, had moved just one terrifying bit. Not only did I feel it in my bones and my brain and my heart, but my outer self apparently registered this shift. Those closest to me saw it happen in front of them.
https://www.lovewhatmatters.com/something-awful-has-happened-my-family-looked-at-me-confused-my-daughter-was-somewhere-being-swept-away-by-raging-flood-waters-mom-loses-daughter-to-tragic-flood-drowning-accident-afte/?fbclid=IwAR3jS7s25KMJp0iIkyyQ4a8zbtgZv-eqzDxASiuk8cg-PRn94c0Fs92oxDA
 

Monello

Awww, jeez
PREMO Member
Nope, embellishment (read, a lie). Makes them feel better.
I could go either way. I hear people talk about how they knew the first time they saw someone that they would marry that person. I wonder how many of those stories are BS. And if they are, why tell the tale to begin with?
 

gemma_rae

Well-Known Member
Grew up 2 miles from there, grounds and the buildings were very nice until the hospital became abandoned.
I figured you would know, I saw your post about Glenn Dale Country Club awhile back.:yay:

My old Dr. lived in Glenn Dale, ever heard the names Delbert & Nikki Perkins?
 
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