A four-year-old boy and his dog were rescued from a southwest Mississippi well late Monday.
The Clarion-Ledger newspaper reported that the boy was extracted from the well at approximately 8 p.m. local time, while the dog was pulled out a few minutes later. Clifford Galey, civil defense director for Lincoln County, told the Daily Leader newspaper that the well was approximately 25 feet deep, with an opening that was only about a foot and a half wide.
The Daily Leader reported that first responders cheered when the boy was removed from the well. The child was initially taken to a hospital, but was uninjured.
"He's cold, he's dirty, and he's hungry," Galey told The Daily Leader. "And we promised him a ride on a fire truck, and we're going to give that to him before we leave here tonight."
Authorities said the boy fell into the hole at approximately 5 p.m. local time. Galey told the Daily Leader that the boy heard his dog barking, and fell into the well as he turned around. Galey added that the dog had been in the well for about a week.
Initial attempts to pull the boy out of the well failed because the 4-year-old was unable to grab the rope. Crews sent water down the hole to keep the child hydrated. Eventually, Galey said rescuers were able to get ropes under the boy's arms and haul him out. A snare was used to retrieve the dog.
"I just can't say enough about what everybody did to get this little boy out of that well safe," Galey said. "The most important thing is, the child is in good shape right now."
The well was located in Brookhaven, about 70 miles south of Jackson.