The man who died in a fire on board the sailboat Perspective last month was Matthew Latham, 44, according to an obituary published Sunday in the Anchorage Daily News. Latham perished in the fire along with his dog, Nova.
Investigators have not officially identified Latham as the victim, according to conversations with public safety officials. It may be six weeks or more before the State Medical Examiner Office delivers its report in the case.
Latham owned and lived on board the Perspective, which he bought through Seward boat dealer Sailing, Inc., said Sailing, Inc.’s Deborah Altermatt.
Sailing was Latham’s love, according to his obituary, and he had entertained plans to sail to the Lower 48. He is survived by his mother, Carolynn Haas, and stepfather, Bruce Haas, as well as three siblings.
The Seward Journal was unable to reach Latham’s family by phone.