Friday 16 November, 2018

Branson's Necker Island destroyed by Hurricane Irma

Virgin founder Richard Branson stayed in the wine cellar of his private home of Necker Island

Virgin founder Richard Branson stayed in the wine cellar of his private home of Necker Island

Richard Branson's company Virgin, has vowed to do whatever he can to support their local community in the British Virgin Island. 

Branson, the founder of Virgin Atlantic, rode out Hurricane Irma in his concrete wine cellar under his house on Necker Island, his private island off the BVI.

While Branson, his family and staff emerged unscathed, the buildings on the island were destroyed.

In a Twitter post, Virgin posted the following update:

"We are deeply saddened by the events that have taken place in the last 24 hours and our hearts and thoughts are with our friends and family in the Caribbean. We are very grateful to be able to report that all of our team on Island have been accounted for as safe as well. Necker Island felt the effects of Hurricane Irma and sustained extensive damage, the extent of which we are still assessing. We’d like to thank all of you for your thoughts and would like to assure you that we will be keeping you along, with our family and friends, updated this week as we know more. We will do whatever we can to support and assist our local community through this extremely testing time."

Branson said he had never seen anything like Hurricane Irma and urged those still in the Hurricane's path to enough, seek strong shelter, stay inside, stay safe.