An Exmouth business owner has thanked Chevron workers after being reunited with his dinghy lost during a fishing trip at the Montebello Islands. Steve Riley, owner of Exmouth Tackle & Camping Supplies, was travelling between Thevenard Island and Serrurier Island on November 11 when rough weather caused the dinghy to break free of the boat towing it. It was spotted three days later washed up on the southern end of Barrow Island, near Eagles Nest. A team from Chevron, the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, Toll, and MSS Security collected the boat and arranged for it to be shipped back to Dampier. In a letter to Chevron, Mr Riley wrote that he realised the dinghy was lost when he pulled in to Long Island about 10pm. “I also paid for a spotter plane to go up for two days looking, but with no results — it was very depressing,” he wrote. “Then I heard from the water police that it had washed up on Barrow Island.” Mr Riley said the efforts to rescue his boat meant a lot to him. Gorgon health, environment and safety superintendent Todd Baldock said Chevron’s teams on Barrow Island were always happy to lend a helping hand. “This was another great example of Chevron and our business partners working together to protect the unique environment where we operate,” he said.