Family gets $1.3M over fisherman's 2011 death

The family of Gloucester fisherman Giuseppe “Joe” Cracchiolo, who died in a 2011 fall from a New Bedford dock, has received a total of $1.35 million in two settlements, the second reached while the jury still deliberated at the end of a 10-day trial.

Eastern Fisheries, which leased and legally controlled the dock on New Bedford Harbor, ended a three-year legal battle last week when it agreed to pay $900,000 to settle the wrongful death lawsuit the Cracchiolo family filed against it and the O’Hara Corp.

The first settlement came in September 2012, when O’Hara Corp, based in Rockport, Maine, agreed to pay the family $450,000 to settle its portion of the action.

Cracchiolo, 47, was a crewman aboard the herring fishing vessel Sunlight on Jan. 28, 2011, when he fell into the frigid waters of New Bedford Harbor while returning from dinner.

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