I think it is interesting that I do carry a rigged towing bridle in the lazarette but I never thought to ask the Kathy to get it out. When I arrived I was shocked to see how close they actually were to the rocks, so I got close enough so Kathy could throw a 5/8 dock line over and just get them out of danger. The Newton was pretty light and was easy to tow.
I never did hear a VHF transmission from the Newton so I can assume that there were no working radios onboard. Early on in the event Doug Wadden aboard Bowhaus passed a cell phone number to the CG.
The CG did a nice job of not asking too many questions when I told them I would try to get them away from the rocks, sometimes it is best to keep the radio chatter to a minimum. I do hope the people on the Newton were speaking to the CG the entire time. I could see that they had changed clothing and had put on life jackets, I really think they were preparing to go in the water before the boat went on the rocks.