NINE people had to be rescued after they were cut off by the tide.
One of them, an 85-year-old man, had to be taken to hospital after suffering a suspected heart attack during the drama in Wirral.
Coastguard teams, firefighters and paramedics raced to the coastline at Caldy yesterday at 10.40am.
The trapped group had raised the alarm when they became stuck on rocks.
A Liverpool coastguard spokesman said: “The group were on a patch of rocks that was still attached to land, but was becoming cut off by the tide and they realised they had got into difficulties.
“They also needed help because there was a man who had been taken ill with a suspected heart attack.”
Eight of the people were led to safety and made it to the shore unharmed. The 85-year-old was rushed by lifeboat to a waiting ambulance.
A rescue helicopter was also scrambled amid fears for the pensioner’s safety but was later stood down.
The man was taken to Arrowe Park hospital and was conscious and breathing when he was taken into the care of ambulance crews.
A North West Ambulance spokeswoman said: “The man taken ill while walking on the beach. It is not clear whether he was a member of the ramblers group or whether they went to his aid when they saw he was struggling.
“None of the other walkers needed any medical treatment.”