Chris Atema Masaka [Photo: Courtesy]

Ikolomani MP Bernard Shinali’s first born, Chris Atema Masaka, drowned in a swimming pool in the US.

The 35-year-old US marine died on Friday afternoon while attempting to rescue a young girl from drowning in Arizona state, the deceased’s brother, Robert Ayitsi said.

Mr Ayitsi revealed that the father of two had travelled from Illinois to Arizona on holiday with his family when he met his death.

“He had been in Arizona for only one day, it is a sudden death, as a family we shall give a comprehensive statement on what exactly occurred once we have been briefed by the MP who has travelled to the USA,” he told journalists at the legislator’s home in Ikolomani.

Kakamega Woman Rep Elsie Muhanda and Navakholo MP Emannuel Wangwe, led by Mumias East MP Ben Washiali visited Shinali’s home yesterday morning to condole with the family.

“It is unfortunate that Chris met his death while trying to save another life," said Ms Muhanda.