An Ebenezer man who slipped underwater while harvesting clams with his brother in Stanley Bridge Sunday died from drowning, according to an autopsy performed Monday.

Earlier, RCMP and emergency officials weren't certain whether Trent Jeremiah Simpson, 47, had a medical emergency and fell into the water or if he had drowned.

Neither weather nor tidal conditions were believed to be factors, said RCMP. They also said foul play is not suspected.

The water in the area, known as the Cavendish sandspit, is shallow in some spots, but there are deeper drop-offs. Simpson was found in the deeper water.

A boater helped get Simpson out of the water and a doctor helped do CPR, said officials.

"There was actually a doctor and he was in the area on another boat and he was able to assist with the CPR, said Jason Peters, who is with the New Glasgow Fire Department.

"And we waited on shore for them to come in and when they got in we continued doing CPR until the doctor had called off the situation."

A defibrillator was also used, but Simpson couldn't be revived and was declared dead at the scene.