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