Jet pack uses water pressure to reach speeds of 30 miles an hour

A daredevil businessman and boatowner has taken a unique approach to the morning commute by flying to work with a James Bond-style water jet pack.

Jeremy Paxton (pictured below) flies the 40 miles from his riverside home, in Marpledurham near Reading, to his office in the Cotswolds via the Thames and waterways that run between them.

The jet pack uses extremely strong water pressure to lift the flier off the surface of the water. It can go up to 30ft high and can reach 30 miles an hour, though it will set you back a pokey £115,000.

The ‘Jetlev’ was created by Canadian inventor Raymond Li, who spent 10 years developing the concept after sketching the idea on a Post-it note.

See a gallery of the jet pack

According to the Jetlev website: “As soon as sufficient lift is applied, you and the jetpack become weightless and levitate in the air and even small amounts of force will move or turn you.

“You will feel some pressure from the saddle and the trapeze, but usually no more than from riding a bicycle.”

Paxton, a successful property developer who recently raised over £27,000 for charity by abseiling down the Shard in London Bridge, told the Daily Mail: “It’s fantastic fun and it’s not complicated to operate.

“I often commute to London by train and sometimes take my boat to the station. I have a pilot’s licence and fly planes and helicopters. Why not this?”