A British tanker collided Saturday with a Danish trawler in gale-force winds in the English Channel, leaving five fishermen missing, Holland's coast guard said.

The British tanker Beach, which had left the port of Scheveningen early Saturday morning, collided with the wooden boat the Esbjerg 11 about 20 miles off the coast of the Holland, a coast guard spokesman said.All five fishermen aboard the Danish ship were missing. A Dutch navy helicopter, four coast guard vessels, the Beach and a Norwegian freighter conducted a search in 35 mph winds.