Officials say a 4-year-old is stuck in a well in Mississippi, though the child is alert and talking to emergency workers.

Lincoln County Sheriff Steve Rushing says the well is about 40 feet deep. He says rescuers are trying to hoist the child up with a rope, but the youngster doesn't know how to attach it.

The Clarion-Ledger reported Monday night (http://on.thec-l.com/1O9gaAE ) that more rescuers are on the way from Hattiesburg with additional equipment.

The Daily Leader newspaper reports (http://bit.ly/1O9gkYW ) that the opening of the well, about 70 miles south of Jackson, is only about a foot and a half wide. Clifford Galey, civil defense director for Lincoln County, tells the newspaper that crews are sending water down the well to keep the child hydrated.