Published: Jul 13, 2014 3:44 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 13, 2014 10:30 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Two adults and two children were rescued by a Coast Guard crew three miles south of Sanibel Island, Florida, after their 19-foot boat began taking on water Sunday.

The operator of the boat contacted Coast Guard watchstanders at Station Fort Myers Beach, Florida at 8:15 a.m., via cell phone reporting his boat began taking on water after his anchor snapped and flooded the vessel. He also reported his wife and two children were aboard and all were wearing life jackets.

A 29-foot Response Boat — Small II boatcrew  from the station arrived on scene, pulled the family to safety and put the boat in tow. Afterwards, they began dewatering the boat while making way back to the station.

"This is a perfect example of why people should wear their life jackets," said Petty Officer 1st Class Anthony Kaminski, operations petty officer at the station. "Situations on the water can deteriorate quickly, like today, and having a life jacket on can not only give a person piece of mind to control an emergency situation but also save your life."