How did they get there?

Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a deserted place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. When he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them and cured their sick. When it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, ‘This is a deserted place, and the hour is now late; send the crowds away so that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.’ Matthew 14:13-15

Jesus heard John the Baptist had been executed, and withdrew to a deserted place by himself. When the crowds heard it, they followed. And then the disciples turn up.
When did they arrive? Did they come with the crowd? Did they lead the crowd? Were they how the crowd “heard it” in the first place?
Was it their fault Jesus couldn’t get time alone without having to walk on the lake…?

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