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STARR COUNTY, Texas – A 4-year-old boy was rescued Tuesday from a Texas well after first responders spent six hours working to free him from the narrow shaft.

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The boy fell about 9 feet into the well on a Texas ranch in Garceño around 4:40 p.m., the Starr County Sheriff’s Office said.

First responders from multiple agencies used pneumatic hammers and vacuums to carefully chisel through the well and bring the child to safety.

“The pit was only 8-10 inches in diameter,” the city of Mission said on social media with a video of the rescue. “It’s a Christmas miracle!”

There was no water in the well, officials said.

The boy was alert and communicating with first responders after the rescue. He was taken to a hospital for evaluation and was in stable condition, officials said.

“Through prayers and actions from everyone a little boy lives today,” Sheriff Rene “Orta” Fuentes said on social media.