Divine intervention?

Posted at 12:04 PM, Feb 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-01 12:04:31-05

(WBZ, CNN NEWSOURCE) A sister of Mount St. Mary's Abbey in Wrentham, Massachusetts helped save a 74-year-old man who became trapped under a tree.

One of the sisters who was praying as she was walking through the surrounding woods heard a voice crying “help me I'm hurt.” She went back to the abbey where 911 was called.

Firefighters say Doug Goldman was about a quarter mile back in the woods behind his house cutting wood. He was pinned under a tree for at least two hours.

"They would have been life-threatening if he wasn't found when he was but we got him time I think," said Wrentham Fire Dept. Captain Robert Harrison.

Goldman was using a chainsaw to cut down a tree when somehow it fell on him.

Pastor Doug Pettit of the Sheldonville Baptist Church is his next-door neighbor. He says Goldman heats his home with wood and is not surprised he was out in the nice weather. “Despite his age he's very robust, very active, I was talking to some people, he splits wood all the time."

Those involved agree divine intervention helped save Goldman's life.  

"I think God looks out for people in general, I think he loves us and so I don't think it's necessarily coincidental,” Rev. Petit said.

Goldman was taken by Medflight to Boston Medical Center. He suffered injuries to his lower legs and has hypothermia. He was reported to be in good condition that night.