After spending hours in a well, a 4-year-old boy and his dog were rescued in southern Mississippi as emergency workers cheered.

Clifford Galey, civil defense director for Lincoln County, tells The Daily Leader (http://bit.ly/1O9gkYW) that the boy had been trapped in a well nearly 25 feet deep. The hole was only about a foot and a half wide.

Lincoln County Sheriff Steve Rushing told The Clarion-Ledger (http://on.thec-l.com/1O9gaAE) on Monday night that rescuers had tried to hoist the boy up with a rope, but the youngster didn't know how to attach it. However, he was rescued a few hours later to the cheers of emergency workers.

The well was about 70 miles south of Jackson. Galey says crews sent water down the well to hydrate the boy.