A Kawerau student has died after suffering a medical event while snorkelling at Lake Rotoma.

A Police spokesperson said that emergency services were notified of the water incident at 10:51 this morning.

The incident occurred during a Senior Education Trip.

Tarawera High School issued a letter to parents and caregivers advising of the tragedy and informing that the school will be closed tomorrow.

“All other students involved on the trip are safe and have returned to school. They are being supported by their whanau, our school staff and the counselling team from Tuwharetoa Ki Kawerau Hauora.”

The letter went on to say, “This is an extremely distressing time for both our students and staff.”

The death will be referred to the Coroner.