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Two men who went missing in sailboat off Texas coast return safely

The Coast Guard was searching for cousins Patrick Shelton, left, 27, and Joe Squibb, 26, in the Gulf of Mexico off Texas on Dec. 30, 2013 when they didn't arrive as expecte in Galveston on a sailboat from Port Aranas 
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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas -- Two men who went missing while sailing off the Texas coast are safe after drifting in the Gulf of Mexico for two days, a friend tells CBS affiliate KHOU in Houston.

Patrick Holden and his cousin Joe Squibb last communicated with family by text message on Sunday morning.

"They were going to Port Aransas to sail a boat back from Port Aransas to Galveston Bay," wife Emily Holden explained.

The men were supposed to return to land late Sunday but they never showed up.

Squibb's girlfriend, Tara Bajkowski, told KHOU Patrick called Emily on his cell phone around 4 a.m. Tuesday to say they were sailing back to the marina at Port Aransas.

The men apparently drifted out to sea in high waves. They said they saw what appeared to be a search plane at one point, but they weren't sure if people were looking for them.

The U.S. Coast Guard was alerted early Tuesday that the men were safe.

They are in good health and plan on driving back to Houston.