Dexter made a full recovery thanks to the off-duty couple’s actions (Image: West Midlands Police / SWNS)

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Two off-duty police officers leapt into action to save a boy's life after he began choking on a chicken nugget.

Dexter, four, was going blue and limp during a family meal at a beachside restaurant while on holiday in Barmouth, Wales.

Dad John watched on helplessly as the nugget obstructed little Dexter's airway.

But the family say they "won the lottery" when a passing couple rushed to his aid.

PC Vincent and husband Detention Escort Officer Vincent calmly took control of the situation.

The couple took turns to bash the boy on the back without success. DEO Vincent then did six chest thrusts, finally dislodging the nugget.

Dexter came round quite quickly afterwards and had soon made a full recovery.

John and son Dexter, four
(Image: West Midlands Police / SWNS)

John said: "I admit I didn't know what to do.

"I didn't know first aid – I was trying everything. But he was going blue and he was going limp. And then suddenly they were there.

"They were both so super calm and so professional about it all. It was just awful, watching what was happening to Dexter but being powerless to do anything.

"But we won the lottery with these two passing by. Even though they were off-duty they didn't hesitate to help and if they'd not been there I believe Dexter would have died."

DEO Vincent and PC Vincent have both worked for West Midlands Police for 10 years and receive first aid training every year.

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DEO Vincent said: "His dad was quite understandably, in panic-mode.

"He didn't know what to do. So I stepped in and took hold of Dexter, and slapped him on the back a couple of times, but I realise now it was not hard enough."

PC Vincent, then tried five times. "But Dexter was starting to lose consciousness and going limp in my arms," said DEO Vincent.

"So I did six chest thrusts and finally the chicken nugget came out on the sixth one. The lad started to come back round quite quickly after that and my wife put him on her knee and comforted him.

"We'd learned what to do thanks to the training we've had, throughout my 13 years with WMP, and for my wife it's 14 years.

"But it's the first time I've had to use my first aid skills for anything as serious as this. It just goes to show that it really does work and we’re so pleased we were there and able to help."

After being checked over by paramedics and taken to hospital for further tests, Dexter was found to be absolutely fine.

John has now written to West Midlands Police to praise the professionalism and caring nature of the couple.

Superintendent Jack Hadley, from Response at West Midlands Police, said: "When I heard what these two officers had done I was truly humbled and see both of them as absolute heroes.

"It is wonderful to know that their first aid skills kicked in and they were both able to remain calm, remember their training, and do what was needed to save this young boy's life."