Deputies Rescue Unsupervised Girl from Lake Ontario Waters

Father charged with child endangerment

Tom Puckett
October 11, 2018 - 2:52 pm

Photo Courtesy: @4RacheleM


Olcott, NY (WBEN) Niagara County Sheriff's Deputies say a child was rescued from Lake Ontario, and the father is now charged with endangerment.

Around 8 this morning, Deputies say they received a report of an unsupervised girl walking along Lake Ontario on Olcott Beach in the area of Krull Park.  The caller further reported that the child was in the water and appeared to be drowning.

A deputy responded and observed the child in Lake Ontario approximately 50 - 60 yards off the shoreline and reported that it appeared the waves were pushing her further from the shoreline. After the deputy observed the child’s head go under the water three times he entered the water and safely secured the child and brought her back to the shore.  At the time of the rescue, deputies say no parent was able to be located.

The child was conscious and breathing upon removal from the water and began to cough up large amounts of water. The child was evaluated by EMT's from Olcott Fire Company at the scene and later transported to Oishei Children's Hospital for further evaluation.

A short time later, deputies say an assisting patrol located a nearby residence on Main Street with the front door ajar and located the child's father who was sleeping during the incident. 34 year old Joshua Wankasky of Olcott was subsequently charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Child, and further referral was made with Child Protective Services.Wanasky was released on an appearance ticket and is scheduled to appear in the Town of Newfane Court November 6, 2018 at 2pm.

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