Firefighters from Ryde and Newport are in attendance at the scene on Belgrave Road with 2 appliances and an aerial ladder platform being utilised.
It’s understood that mechanisms on board the cherry picker have caused a safety cut out, rendering the basket – and its occupants – stuck several metres in the air to the front of The Royal Hotel.
Crews are using the Aerial Ladder Platform to extricate the 2 men from the basket and return them to safety on the ground.
Belgrave Road, between the junctions of Bath Road and Park Avenue, has been closed to both traffic and pedestrians while firefighters carry out the rescue operation.
UPDATE @ 15:00 – The rescue operation has resulted in the 2 workers being successfully retrieved and lowered to the ground.
Engineers will now look to low the cherry picker safely without the risk of injury.
Fire crews have now stood down from the incident and the obstructed section of the road has now reopened to traffic.
Station Officer Julian Fountaine has said that the duo had been stuck in the air for around 1 hour 30 mins – but luckily in fair weather.