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Sir Branson reportedly injured in 'serious' bike accident on VG

Sir Richard C. N. Branson sporting his face bruises after he was reportedly involved in a serious bike accident on Virgin Gorda earlier this week. Photo: Virgin
Mr Branson was reportedly cycling in the dark with his children, Holly and Sam, when he hit a bump in the road, causing him to be flung over his handlebars. Photo: Virgin
Mr Branson was reportedly cycling in the dark with his children, Holly and Sam, when he hit a bump in the road, causing him to be flung over his handlebars. Photo: Virgin
VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI- Sir Richard C. N. Branson has claimed he was involved in a serious bike accident on Virgin Gorda earlier this week and that he thought he "was going to die".

Writing in a blog on the Virgin website, Branson said: "I was heading down a hill towards Leverick Bay when it suddenly got really dark and I managed to hit a ‘sleeping policeman’ hump in the road head on.

The entrepreneur was cycling in the dark with his children, Holly and Sam, when he hit a bump in the road, causing him to be flung over his handlebars.

He also spoke about how his "life flashed before his eyes" in the accident and left him with a black eye and large cut on his face.

‘I thought I was going to die’

The billionaire, who owns Necker and Mosquito Islands in the Virgin Islands, said “next thing I knew, I was being hurled over the handlebars and my life was literally flashing before my eyes. I really thought I was going to die."

He added that his shoulder and cheek took the brunt of the impact, and said it was lucky he was wearing a helmet.

"My bike went flying off the cliff and disappeared," he said. "We’ve since recovered the crumpled bicycle, completely destroyed. My cheek has been badly damaged and my knee, chin, shoulder and body severely cut.

"As I landed, once I realised I was alive, I began testing my movement. I really couldn't believe I was alive, let alone not paralysed."

According to the United Kingdom news website, Daily Telegraph, Mr Branson was taken to Miami where he underwent a series of x-rays and scans. He is hoping to pick up his training for the human endurance challenge, Virgin Strive Challenge, again next month.

He added: "My attitude has always been, if you fall flat on your face, at least you’re moving forward. All you have to do is get back up and try again. At least I’m practicing what I preach – though a little too literally."

26 Responses to “Sir Branson reportedly injured in 'serious' bike accident on VG”

  • wa (27/08/2016, 10:53) Like (27) Dislike (6) Reply
    he ugly meson.
  • new ad (27/08/2016, 10:56) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    "beer does the pain good"
  • get me out a here! (27/08/2016, 11:00) Like (18) Dislike (1) Reply
    Picko buddy looks like he is in a lot of pain, where's picko?
  • VG (27/08/2016, 11:09) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    Oh my at least this further promotes virgin gorda
  • Hubba Hubba (27/08/2016, 11:10) Like (20) Dislike (10) Reply
    how da hell is this news.
  • business man (27/08/2016, 11:10) Like (9) Dislike (3) Reply
    If you would give the funding for the miniature hospital on the sister island of Virgin Gorda we can minimize the expense in having to fly overseas for proffessional services which would be Right here @ home get well soon Sir
  • jesus (27/08/2016, 11:41) Like (10) Dislike (7) Reply
    What callous and unfeeling set of bloggers! Get well soon, Sir.
  • (27/08/2016, 12:03) Like (7) Dislike (8) Reply
    Hope he realises now that he could assist the people of VIRGIN GORDA. Since he seem to be STRESSING on the fact that this HELMET SAVED his life that he could could now hand out at least 200 (
  • yeah (27/08/2016, 12:04) Like (8) Dislike (3) Reply
    Get well son Sir.
  • See (27/08/2016, 13:49) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
    He could hand out 2000 helmits . Doesn't mean they will wear them. Look around
  • kelo (27/08/2016, 15:42) Like (12) Dislike (4) Reply
    hope kedrick waz his doctor
  • A follower (27/08/2016, 15:47) Like (6) Dislike (4) Reply
    I wish you a safe recovering Sir Richard Brandon. God's blessings be with you at this rare sad time in your life.
  • Kim (27/08/2016, 15:48) Like (6) Dislike (4) Reply
    why did this make news no government workers was call out on this call so bvi people to stupid to help him and talking he almost dead a collar n no back board do not make sense just want media time
  • mjildred (27/08/2016, 17:43) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
    doc will surely look after him as long as he hit the private parts ha ha gyneo not for his face
  • oh (27/08/2016, 21:02) Like (5) Dislike (7) Reply
    I like Sir Bronson's mentality. We BVIslanders can learn so much from him. Using small pittance and making a fortune. Diversification of business. Maintaining active healthy lifestyle after middle age. Spending time with family. Mingling with the little man. Giving up much for simplistic lifestyle. Giving to the community. Encouraging people to think and become entrepreneurs.
    My only hope is that both Bronson and the world don't confuse peaceable, grateful and welcoming and hospitable BVIslanders for some of the ungrateful envious migrants to these islands blogging on this news piece who never ever want to hear that anyone has more than them.
  • SMH (28/08/2016, 03:11) Like (12) Dislike (4) Reply
    Who the hell cares...he dont do shit for VG or the bvi...take take take.
  • Trump age (28/08/2016, 08:51) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    Some of you talking about Donald trump but maan you guys are more racist, hateful and evil than Trump. Be reminded that what goes around certainly comes back around. Keep youall hearts clean. Not only about the blog but every day. Wish evil for no man. When what happens to you and your family alot of time is a result of karma
  • Observer (28/08/2016, 09:02) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    No one likes to be hurt,to be in pains or even to die.Sir B this is a warning to you you need to give your life to your Maker.if you had die on the spot you might have gone straight to hell. Look at the many times you have been injured and you are still alive there might not be another chance not because we have a God of second chances. Be an angel on earth do good,give and continue to give.Give God thanks and make it right with him and please stay safe.God is good and faithful trust him and he will sure keep you safe.
  • True Virgin Gordian (28/08/2016, 10:06) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    I wish Sir Bronson a speedy recovery.
  • diner next to him (28/08/2016, 14:39) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    he probably hit a 'speed bump' which was one of those steaks from the asian restaurant he likes. the place is
    fancy and all, but the food can kill you, its so weird. his bike could've also skidded on some of their sushi that
    someone barfed out their window....Richard, how could you eat that stuff!? The guy next to you at the bar.
  • Jim Jamm (28/08/2016, 16:52) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    So why did he have to go all the way Miami????? Doesn't the BVI have medical facilities? Chupz
  • huh (30/08/2016, 08:55) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    He want our beaches to be infested with sharks so they can eat us. Karma is a witch
  • Hmmm (01/09/2016, 12:24) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I do hope that he is recovering nicely. I have seen comments referring to the speed bumps on the road to Levericks Bay and having them removed due to his accident. Not that he was riding in the dark and downhill. Accidents happens, move on and get over. No need to go changing the roads to suit.

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