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    Help Please!!!

    I need help with solving this problem.

    A boat is 40km due east (away from in an eastward direction) form a lighthouse. The boat is traveling in a direction that is 30 degrees south of an east-west line. What is the closest distance the boat will come to the lighthouse if it stays it course?

    I don't know where to begin with the problem.
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    Always start with a diagram

    RonL
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