Bayonet impales ceremonial guard who fell

A 20-year-old man was badly hurt when he fell onto his rifle-mounted bayonet during a ceremony on Parliament Hill.

GG David Johnston's foot guard brought to hospital with severe stab wound, blood loss

A ceremonial foot guard collapsed in just the third day of inspection by Gov. Gen. David Johnston. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press)

One of Gov. Gen. David Johnston's ceremonial foot guards is in hospital after passing out and falling onto his ceremonial bayonet.

Ottawa paramedics say the man, 20, fell on his rifle-mounted bayonet during a ceremony on Parliament Hill just after 10:30 a.m. ET Wednesday.

He was treated for a severe stab wound to his forearm and for severe blood loss.

Medics from the Canadian Forces quickly provided first aid, trying to prevent a large amount of blood loss.

The man is now in hospital in serious but stable condition.