Coast Guard rescues family off Sanibel

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Coast Guard rescues family off Sanibel

By John Rinkenbaugh. CREATED Jul 13, 2014

SANIBEL, Fla. - The U.S. Coast Guard rescued four people three miles south of Sanibel Island after their 19-foot boat began taking on water Sunday morning.

The boat's operator contacted the Fort Myers Beach Coast Guard station at 8:15 a.m. by cell phone to report his boat was taking on water after his anchor snapped, flooding his vessel.

He reported his wife and two children were aboard and all were wearing life jackets. 

The Coast Guard rescued the family and put the boat in tow.

"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."