Charges filed after Hamilton student Jayden Chhayrann presumed to have drowned on school trip

Jayden Chhayrann died in 2020.
Jayden Chhayrann died in 2020. Photo credit: Facebook

Charges have been laid by Worksafe over the drowning of a 17-year-old Hamilton student.

Jayden Chhayrann was on a trip to Waihi with his Melville High School geography class when he was caught in a rip and pulled out to sea.

His body was found almost 30km north from where he disappeared, a week later on March 1.

Worksafe confirmed to Newshub on Wednesday charges have been laid against parties over Chhayrann's death.

"WorkSafe has filed charges under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA) over a health and safety incident at Waihi Beach in February last year, in which a student went missing while on a school trip and is presumed to have drowned."

The organisation would not confirm what the charges were, or which parties had been charged but said they were filed at the Hamilton District Court.

Stuff reports lifeguards were not on duty at the time Chhayran disappeared, but were called in to help search for him.