From the first ship, the angle of depression to the plane wreckage is 23°, and from the second ship the angle of depression to the wreck is 31°. Determine the depth of water directly above the wreck, to the nearest metre. Draw labelled diagram
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Consider a point P from the first ship at location A, and let AP=k. The other ship is at location B, so PB=2500-k. If P is vertically above the wreck W, then let d=PW=ktan23=(2500-k)tan31,


k=2500tan31/(tan23+tan31)=1465.03m approx.

d=ktan23=621.87m approx.

Depth=622m to nearest metre.

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