Billionaire Richard Branson on Tuesday had a close call with an accident during an unveiling ceremony in Virgin Miami central Station in Miami, Florida, United States.
Branson posted a video on Twitter in which he had a 'close call' with an accident. In the video, he is about to unveil the banner and its strings in his hand. He waits as people count down from 10. The moment, Branson pulls the strings, the instead of the banner unravelling, it falls down along with a metal bar. Branson tweeted the video with a comment saying, "Had a close call with a falling banner and a metal bar".
In his blog on the company's website, Branson wrote about the incident where he said that the entire set-up was checked by the team diligently.
The famous businessman has done several adventurous activities publicly. In the blog, he mentions that he has had several close shaves (at least 75) with near death experiences during those activities."I shared 75 close shaves I have experienced - the moments when I’ve nearly lost my life during all sorts of wild adventures, from ballooning to diving, skydiving to sailing," he said.
"It’s time to add number 77," he wrote the British tycoon who founded the Virgin Group of companies in jest about the incident.
He said despite the set-up being checked, the wind increased leading to the crashing down of the banner and the metal bar.
"The team had diligently safety checked everything and were confident we were good to go. But suddenly the wind increased and when I pulled on the cord, I realised the banner cover with its metal bar was much heavier than I had realised," he wrote.
The video has close to 68,000 views currently and people have given interesting responses.