A four-year-old boy and his dog were rescued from a dry well. It was located in Brookhaven, about 70 miles south of Jackson, Mississippi. The boy had fallen in at approximately 5pm, but he and his dog were unable to be pulled out until after 8pm.
It started a week earlier when the family’s dog went missing. The boy had been walking through the yard and heard his dog barking. As he turned around he fell into the well, which was only 18 inches wide, but 25 feet deep. Apparently no one knew that the well existed.
The rescuers were in communication with the four-year-old, sending him and his dog water and confirming that neither of them had been injured, but efforts to save them were initially unsuccessful because the boy was unwilling to step into the harness.
Finally, 3 hours later, the boy was pulled out amid cheers and, minutes later, the dog was hauled out using a snare.
Mr. Clifford Galey, civil defense director for Lincoln County was interviewed by the Daily Leader, “He’s cold, he’s dirty, and he’s hungry,” Galey said “And we promised him a ride on a fire truck, and we’re going to give that to him before we leave here tonight.”
The Daily Leader reported that rescue efforts were aided by a variety of organizations. Rescue crews from neighboring counties, Lincoln County volunteer firefighters and the state’s Emergency Management Agency and Fire Marshall were called in.
“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.”