To expand his lung capacity, [Louie] ran to the public pool at Redondo Beach, dove to the bottom, grabbed the drain plug, and just floated there, hanging on a little longer each time. Eventually, he could stay underwater for three minutes and forty-five seconds. (1.2.12)
Once again, we see
how Louie's teenage perseverance serves to save his life later on in the war.
If he hadn't been so persistent as a teen, he probably would have drowned when
the <em>Green Hornet </em>crashed.