Richard Branson suffers “bad” injuries in a bike accident | world News
The Virgin owner hit a pothole while riding his bike in the British Overseas Caribbean, where he had previously suffered at least two other falls.
Monday 12 February 2024 at 16:01, United Kingdom
The Virgin founder said he had taken a “huge tumble” and posted a photo on Instagram showing him with a bloody elbow next to a fellow cyclist who had also come along.
Sir Richard He posted: “I hit a pothole and hit hard, giving me another hematoma on my thigh and a nasty cut on my elbow, but surprisingly nothing was broken.
“We were cycling with Alex Wilson, who fell behind me, but fortunately he was okay too.
“I consider myself very lucky, and I feel grateful that I keep myself active and healthy.
“In the end, the brave may not live forever, but the cautious do not live at all!”
This is not the first time the 73-year-old has found himself with a cycling-related injury.
In 2018, the mogul believed he had broken his back after falling off his bike during a charity race.
In 2016, he said he feared he would die after hitting his head on the road during a high-speed bike accident.
He was on a training flight with his two adult children British Virgin Islands When he flew off his bike.
On that occasion he revealed: “I was heading down the hill towards Liveric Bay when it suddenly got dark and I managed to bump into a ‘sleeping policeman’ in the road in front of me.
“The next thing I knew I was thrown to the curb and my life was literally flashing before my eyes.”
After the accident, he was taken to Miami for an X-ray and scan, where it was found that he had a fractured cheek and torn ligaments.
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The billionaire claims to have counted 76 near-death experiences in his life, according to his autobiography, starting in 1972 when he was spending his honeymoon with his first wife, when the fishing boat he was on board sank.
He also previously landed in a field in 1976 after accidentally taking off in a small plane and having no idea how to fly.
The engine also blew on Virgin Atlantic’s first test flight in 1984, and two years later, he pulled the wrong rope during a skydive and was falling through the air before his instructor could pull the spare rope.
He has also had several mishaps while riding hot air balloons, walking on the wing of a Virgin plane, and jumping out of a casino in Las Vegas.