Five points A, B, C, D, and O lie on a flat field. A is directly north of O, B is directly west of O, C is directly south of O, and D is directly east of O. The distance between C and D is 140 m. A hot-air balloon is positioned in the air at H directly above O. The balloon is held in place by four ropes HA, HB, HC, and HD. Rope HC has length 150 m and rope HD has length 130 m. To reduce the total length of rope used, rope HC and rope HD are to be replaced by a single rope HP where P is a point on the straight line between C and D. (The balloon remains at the same position H above O as described above.) Determine the greatest length of rope that can be saved.

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