Minneapolis urban explorer drowns in Mississippi

A self-portrait of Ian Talty. Talty drowned Sunday morning while urban exploring.

A self-portrait of Ian Talty. Talty drowned Sunday morning while urban exploring.

Urban explorer drowns in Mississippi after being swept away by rainwater A 30-year-old urban explorer drowned Sunday morning when a rush of rainwater swept him into the Mississippi River from a storm drain. His companion was able to swim safely to shore. Ian William Talty of Woodbury was exploring a tunnel along the river bluff with Nicholas Breid when a thunderstorm hit. The men were swept into the river near the Lake Street/Marshall Avenue bridge. A frantic effort by University of St. Thomas students, police and other witnesses wasn't enough to save Talty.

Talty was a recoginized urban explorer in the area who spent a lot of time photographing the city, particularly graffiti found in tunnels, along train tracks, and other hard-to-spot areas. His work can be seen on Tumblr and Flickr (via).

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