A man has escaped with grazes after breaking the surface and partially falling into a 10ft deep sink hole in Ryde this afternoon (Saturday).
The gentleman was walking along the coastal shared path at Appley when his leg suddenly disappeared as the tarmac gave way beneath him.
Members of the public offered assistance and got the man safely away before then realising the extent of what has just happened.
The hole, which has developed beneath the path that runs from Appley to Puckpool, is estimated as being around 10ft deep and 3ft wide.
Island Roads have now cordoned off the area in the interests of safety.
Pedestrians and cyclists can still walk along the path by using the lower sea wall, or circumnavigating the short closure.