The Niagara County Sheriff’s Office says a child was rescued from Lake Ontario on Thursday morning.
Around 8 a.m., officials received a report of an unsupervised girl walking along the lake on Olcott Beach, in the area of Krull Park.
The person who called first responders also said the girl was in the water and appeared to be drowning.
A deputy who went to the scene saw the child in the lake about 50 or 60 yards from the shoreline. He said it appeared the waves were pushing her out further into the water.
The deputy says he saw the child’s head go underwater three times, and he went out into the water to rescue her.
After safely securing the girl, he brought her back to the shore, where he says he could not find her parents.
The girl was conscious and breathing, officials say, and starting coughing up “large amounts of water.”
Shortly before 9 a.m., deputies went to a residence on Main St., where the front door was open.
There, the child’s father, Joshua Wankasky, 34, was found sleeping.
Wankasky was charged with endangering the welfare of a child, and Child Protective Services was notified of the incident.
Wankasky, who was released on an appearance ticket, will be in court on November 6.